Written by Vandara Sin
Many of us know and probably have experienced the traffic situation in Phnom Penh City. Congestion, pollution, and road safety are the urban mobility challenges that affect our daily lives, our health and well-being. These challenges result from the growth of the urban population which come along with the increasing number of personal vehicles, and the lack of knowledge of road safety and individual responsibility awareness.
But do you know that along with the arising challenges, we now have solutions!
Here are 5 impactful startups that we found through Urban Mobility Incubator which is an incubation program under SUMAI (the Sustainable Urban Mobility for All Initiative) a 3-year project led by UNDP Cambodia and Grab that aims to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in Cambodia to tackle these urban challenges in transport and mobility in Phnom Penh.
Let’s check them out!
Do you want to have your own motorbike but you don’t want to contribute to the urban pollution problem? Try this e-bike!
The first Cambodian brand specialized in two-wheel electric vehicles in Phnom Penh, protected by trademark. The new brand has a French design and standards included high-quality products with superior guarantees. Isn’t it cool?
2. Agile Development Group
Do you know there are tuk-tuks that are wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs that can run by power-support?
Agile Development Group has been active in the disability and mobility sector for several years. They are launching their wheelchair accessible and solar tuk-tuk, and most recently a powered attachable wheel for wheelchairs. Take a look at the photo and the video.
[English Below]សប្តាហ៏នេះ កញ្ញា បានធ្វើការសាកល្បង បើក Powerwheel របស់យើង, កញ្ញា បានបើកទៅធ្វើការរាល់ថ្ងៃ និង ទៅលេងផ្ទះមិត្តភក្តិរបស់នាង។នាងពិតជាសប្បាយចិត្តណាស់ដែលបានប្រើប្រាស់ Powerwheel។ ព្រោះវាធ្វើអោយនាងមានភាពងាយស្រួលជាងមុន មានភាពឯករាជ្យក្នុងការធ្វើដំណើរ ហើយដៃទាំងពីររបស់ខ្ញុំមិនឈឺដូចមុនទៀត!សូមរង់ចាំ ព័ត៌មានថ្មីៗបន្ថែមទៀត ព្រោះPowerwheel របស់យើងនឹងចាប់ផ្តើម ដំណើរការក្នុងពេលឆាប់ៗនេះហើយ។ ??⭐⭐??⭐⭐??⭐⭐??⭐⭐??Kanha has been testing our Powerwheel this week, travelling to work everyday to her friends' house and market! She is very happy to use the Powerwheel as it’s made it much easier to travel independently and her arms aren’t sore anymore.Stay tuned for more updates on our Powerwheel to be released soon!
Posted by Agile Development Group on Thursday, 31 October 2019
3. LUMA System
LUMA System (Safe & Sound Cambodia): AI-driven technology monitoring bad driving behaviours of drivers, aiming at encouraging safer driving habits. LUMA System provides government and logistic company to continuous monitoring and auditing of vehicle fleets in real-time views and live tracking of each vehicle and driver driving behaviour. Let’s watch a video explains how the system works here!
You don’t have a vehicle to travel to work or school? Or do you want to share someone a ride? Jisder can help you so you can help minimize pollution in our city. It is a peer to peer ride-pooling solution that connects ride-givers and ride-seekers going in the same direction. This platform will also bring people closer through sustainable transportation by turning empty vehicle seats into the force of green and social ride-pooling.
Jisder’s Facebook page
Multistrands provides a fun and meaningful educational resources and activities that help children foster a love for learning, understand social issues such as road safety, and empower them to be part of the solution. Now, road safety topic is not a boring thing for you and your kids to learn together anymore.
Their initiatives are not only the solutions contributing to the traffic and pollution challenges but also solutions to provide more affordable and accessible transport to Cambodia population including disables.