On the update of its mobile apps, the Opera backed OPay after the launch of OTrike in Aba has launched OBus. OBus is to disrupt public bus transport sector in Lagos.
The updated mobile app of OPay shows the OBus service is in beta stage. This means it only operates along the CMS-Ikeja routes in Lagos.
The OBus feature is only available on the updated version of the Opay app. If you can’t see the OBus, go to playstore and update your app.
Techpoint chat with Opay staff revealed what the company is up to with the OBus:
“OBus is like normal buses but it is more comfortable and
supports cashlesspayments,” an OPay staff told Techpoint during an online chat.
OBustrip fare payments are made using an OBus Card. It is a QR-enabled card that comes in different denominations — as low as ₦200 ($0.55) and as high as ₦2000 ($5.51). Cards are purchased from OPay agentsat different designated bus stops.
To make payments, cards are placed over a sensor reader inside
the bus. The sensor then reads the ticket barcode which was generated throughthe mobile app and withdrawal will be made immediately.
TechPoint chat with OPay staff
An OBus Card can be used for multiple trips until the credit
is exhausted. Alternatively, payments can also be made through the OPay wallet, as with other OPay services.
I believe one of the goals of OPay is to dominate the payment market and also disrupt the transportation sector.
Gokada is one of the strongest competitor of Opay but presently, Gokada is shutdown to undergo rewire.