Transdev has become a major shareholder in tech start-up business Find My Bus. The bus location app firm was founded by 19 year old entrepreneur, Joel Kidd, in 2013. Bus and Coach Buyer featured a report on the company in issue 1331, 12 June 2015. The business has gone on to help over ten operators in the UK to improve their customer offering through the use of live bus tracking technologies and personalised information on mobile apps. Transdev believes the deal is ‘the first of its kind’ within the industry and one which it expects will enable it to further improve the overall service for its customers.
CEO at Transdev, Alex Hornby, said, ‘Find My Bus is the kind of company that our industry needs to embrace, we need to be challenged and given direction from innovative technology experts and we’ve found this in spades with 19 year old Joel. We’re progressing through an era where it is becoming increasingly important to focus on intelligent, personalised customer technologies and communications, and to embrace the fact that we’re in the mobility ‘people movement’ market, not just the bus market. We see this partnership as pivotal in the evolution of Transdev and we’re very excited about the developments that this will allow us to deliver for the thousands who use our services, helping to improve customer information, convenience and ticketing.’
Joel Kidd said, ‘Partnering with Transdev is not only the most exciting thing that’s happened to Find My Bus, but it’s one of the biggest landmarks in my life! It’s been a steady start for Find My Bus as we continue spreading our name in the industry, bringing our range of customer-facing apps to a number of well known independent bus operators, to whom we remain completely committed. This deal with Transdev puts us on course to develop and grow our business further. To be working alongside a forward thinking, innovative company like Transdev is huge. I’m incredibly excited to start working with Alex and his team as we expand Find My Bus, and make even more cutting edge apps for the wider transport and mobility sector.’