Mapway is the world’s number one for public transport apps, specialising in developing technologies and services to deliver smarter information. SME caught up with CEO David James to hear more…
Tell me about your company – where did the idea come from? How did you get started?
The origin of Mapway began years before mobile apps had become commonplace with a vision to enable motorists in the UK to make educated decisions on their journey, saving them time and money on the move.
In 2009 Mapway successfully completed the acquisition of m-spatial, with its powerful GeoHawk spatial search platform, bringing the most advanced local search and navigation tools to the Mapway portfolio. This enabled the development and delivery of Mapway's consumer facing public transport apps.
I realised one of the reasons commuters experience stress while traveling, was because they don’t have the information needed about their journey, easily available to them, when they needed it.
I wanted to provide commuters, consumers and tourists with understandable information to be able to make an informed decision on the move, reducing the stress and uncertainty that travel can bring. By having both live travel information and offline route planning capability (critical in the underground) on mobile devices, it ensures the user is constantly in control of their own journey.
Could you tell me a bit about your product/services range?
Mapway is the world’s number one for public transport apps, specialising in developing technologies and services to deliver smarter information. We currently cover many of the busiest metro cities in the world; such as the London Tube, New York Subway, and Paris and Shanghai Metros.
Tell me about your role – what does a typical day look like for you?
No single day is typical or the same. However, since hiring Mapway’s first COO last year, I have had more time to step back from the day-to-day business operations and concentrate more on the company vision and creativity.
A day for me can be spent working with the app development teams; attending sprint reviews to give final approval of the apps before they are launched/updated in stores and prioritisation meetings to make sure all areas of the business are on the same page. As well as this, I will get involved with any talks regarding partnering with other organisations. For example, we integrated with Uber just over 12 months ago to provide smarter travel across London, New York and Paris.