Case Study: Via
Via's technology powering on-demand transport
A world-leading operator and developer of on-demand shared ride systems, Via's software coordinates, in real time, the movement of millions of connected, human-driven or autonomous vehicles and their passengers.
Via's algorithm instantly matches customers with a dynamically routed vehicle and other passengers going their way. The goal is to encourage the use of shared rides to reduce single-occupancy vehicles, congestion and pollution.
Via is in partnership with Keolis Downer and Transport for NSW in Newcastle and Macquarie Park, Sydney, as part of the New South Wales Government's On-Demand Public Transport Pilot Program. This partnership is an example of what is possible when governments create a regulatory environment and procurement process that fosters innovation.
'We are delighted to be partnering with Keolis Downer and Transport for NSW to lead the way in mobility innovation through the launch of this convenient, affordable and eco-friendly service,' says Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via.
'Via's powerful technology is redefining mobility across the globe, seamlessly integrating with public transit infrastructure to provide on-demand dynamic transportation solutions.'
Using Via's technology, passengers can book transport from or near their home to a local transport hub or other centres. Passengers can book via an app or by phone.
The Newcastle on-demand service uses the technology 'to provide a faster and more personalised service to people within the local community,' says Keolis Downer Hunter CEO Campbell Mason. 'Services will be configured to take passengers where they want to go, when they want to travel rather than running on designated routes.'
The services in Newcastle and Sydney are just the beginning for Via in Australia. In the coming months, Via will be working with transit authorities and operators across the country to promote shared mobility and help create more livable cities.