Gov't Launches 'Ayo Mudik' App to Assist Travelers During Idul Fitri Exodus

BY :SARAH YUNIARNI

JUNE 16, 2017

Jakarta. The government launched a smartphone application on Thursday (15/06) as part of its efforts to assist travelers during the annual Idul Fitri exodus.

The Ayo Mudik app will give travelers access to real-time traffic information, with a map service that finds alternative routes to avoid traffic congestion.

It will also provide travelers with relevant information, such as the nearest rest areas, police stations, gas stations, mosques and ATM machines.

The app is available for download on Google Play Store.

"We were quick to develop the app as we want this to be immediately enjoyed by citizens. We hired the best programmers who are not only able to develop the app fast, but also maintain its high-quality performance," Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara said in a statement received by Jakarta Globe on Thursday.

He added that the app was developed in less than a month.

The app was developed by Jakarta-based startup Kudo, with support from various ministries and related institutions, including the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

The app is also supported by state-owned energy company Pertamina, toll road operator Jasa Marga, the National Police, telecommunication companies and internet service providers.

Kudo is an online-to-offline startup that enables Indonesians with limited internet access to conduct online transactions through its technology platform. The company was recently acquired by Singapore-headquartered ride-hailing platform Grab.

"We are very pleased to assist the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology with the creation of the Ayo Mudik application. Our great hope is that the app will help everyone to have an easy 'mudik' journey," Kudo chief executive and co-founder Albert Lucius said in a separate statement, referring to the Indonesian term for the annual Ramadan homecoming exodus.

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