Lara is a very interesting proposition. It is a simple web app that helps you with directions to your destination, as well as with estimated

This is Lara; She will give you directions to your destination

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Lara is a very interesting proposition. It is a simple web app that helps you with directions to your destination, as well as with estimated fare. She will also give you an estimate of how much time your commute will take.

Lara Is easy Like Sunday Morning

How easy is Lara to use? Pretty easy. In your mobile browser, go to and type in your request in this simple format: “from Ikeja to Ilupeju”, hit the return button, and Lara will display the information you need this way:

lara gives directions to your destination

I like how she uses local lingo like Danfo. I can imagine she would use Okada, Keke, and the like as well. Nice touch.

This simple web app also lets you share the directions you get with a friend via WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. You know, because there is love in sharing.

Like all location/map-based services, Lara gives you directions that she thinks is best for you. For example, in this example request for directions from Ikeja to Ilupeju, as someone who is familiar with the route, I would have preferred to take a Palm Groove/Onipanu bus and drop at Obanikoro.

Which route is faster or more accurate? I don’t know for sure. Lara’s directions will get you to a certain part of Ilupeju faster and my preferred will get you to a different part faster.

One thing is for sure: if you already have a preferred route like I do in this instance, you won’t be asking Lara for directions. So, what is Lara useful for?

Get Directions To Your Destination In Unfamiliar Places

Yes; you got that right. If you are heading out by public transport to a location that you are not familiar with, Lara is your very present assistant. Fall in love with her. Court her. Listen to her. She is God’s special gift to you.

Note Lara’s Present Limitations Though

I tried out a request for directions from Gwagwalada to Kubwa (Yes; that is Abuja; perhaps Lara could have helped me not get lost as happened the other time). Lara responded with, “You are searching for locations outside my current capabilities. We are adding locations soon. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll let you know where we go next.”

I also requested for directions from Challenge bus stop to Oluyole in Ibadan, Oyo state. Lara responded with the same as above.

So, it looks like Lara is limited to giving directions to your destination only in Lagos for now. Yes; that sucks, but it must take a lot of work to input all the data that makes an app like this effective. Gathering all that info for the entire country is a herculean task. Most likely, more states will be rolled out in a phased manner and then one day, one can take a trip around the country with Lara as a companion and guide.

It will be nice to see this develop further and have voice interactions added, among other usability extras. But Lara is good at what she does and within her scope for now. If you crossed over into 2018 single and searching, here’s an available girl. You do not have to walk alone anymore. Do not say I never did anything to help you.

One comment

  1. When I was in Lagos in November, I used it and I found it helpful. I didn’t do much moving about though, but it sure helped me.
    I remember my first time in Lagos, I came for a conference and decided to go visit my brother. I boarded a bus and each person I asked for directions looked at me like I was a thief or something. They’ll just ignore and continue what they were doing so I just had to alight. Approached a Traffic Warden and he seemed more confused than I was, and just pointed me to a line of buses. Boarded one and told the conductor where I was going and he said enter. I was in the bus until everyone else dropped and it seemed they were already picking passengers for their return journey. Conductor and Driver were like, “you’re still here? You’ve not reached where you’re going?” I’m like “I thought you’ll tell me when I get there”. They started shouting and saying things in Yoruba until a lady walking by called out to me and asked me to come down. Turns out I was far away from both my origin and destination. She personally took me through from there till the last bus that will take me to my destination.
    Imagine if there was then. I wouldn’t have gone through all that.
    I just wish they expand beyond Lagos

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