ViaVan launches on-demand ride-sharing service in Amsterdam

ViaVan is an on-demand ride-sharing service. Through the ViaVan app, passengers will be matched in real time with other riders headed their way, sharing their trip in a professionally-chauffeured van. ViaVan intends to serve as an extension of the city’s existing public transit network, providing an affordable and convenient transportation alternative that reduces congestion and carbon emissions.

ViaVan vehicle in Amsterdam
ViaVan startet App-basierten On-Demand Ridesharing-Dienst in Amsterdam. ViaVan launches app-based on-demand ridesharing service in Amsterdam.

ViaVan is a joint venture between Via and Mercedes-Benz Vans. ViaVan utilizes what they call “the world’s most efficient on-demand transit technology”, which was created by Via first for the New York City market. Via now licenses this technology to other ride-sharing companies around the world.  The company says that they chose Amsterdam as their first stop to their European expansion, because it’s a city with innovative mindset, which has embraced progressive and environmentally conscious options for getting around.

How it works

Using the ViaVan app, passengers select their pick up and drop off location and confirm their ride. ViaVan’s algorithm enables multiple riders to share a single vehicle. The technology directs passengers to a nearby corner – a virtual bus stop – for pick up and drop off, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips without lengthy detours that take riders out of their way. This enables ViaVan’s system to transport a high volume of passengers while using a fraction of the number of vehicles utilized by taxis or on-demand car services. Rides within the central city zone* will cost a flat rate of just €5. (See map)

ViaVan service area in Amsterdam

Source: ViaVan

We are working hard so ViaVan will also be available in our app. To be continued!

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