Using the Via-powered HillsVia mobile app, Mori employees will be able to book a ride in high end V-Class vans provided by Mercedes-Benz
The Mori Building Company, a leading Tokyo-based urban developer, has tapped New York start-up, Via, to launch an on-demand transit service in the Japanese capital.
Using the Via-powered HillsVia mobile app, Mori Building employees will be able to book a ride in high end V-Class vans provided by Mercedes-Benz. Via’s technology will match multiple passengers headed in the same direction, and dynamically direct the vehicle in real time along an optimised, efficient route. The new service will initially be available to approximately 1,300 Mori Building employees.
Via currently operates in the US and Europe through its joint venture with Mercedes-Benz Vans, Via Van. Its technology is also used worldwide through partner projects with public transportation agencies, private transit operators, taxi fleets, private companies and universities.
"We are thrilled to partner with Mori to bring Via’s revolutionary technology to Japan. Via’s vision is to provide cutting-edge mobility solutions that are smart, efficient, and help to reduce congestion and emissions globally," said Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via. "We are excited to introduce this new service which will improve the quality of life for Mori employees."
Mori’s service is the first in Japan to introduce Via’s dynamic on-demand shared rides. Via’s revolutionary technology powers transport solutions around the globe with projects throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and beyond.
Leveraging its experience providing over 35 million shared rides to date, Via partners with public transportation authorities, transit operators, taxi fleets, and private companies around the world to solve local mobility needs for cities of all sizes.
Via’s technology and operational experience is well-suited to the Japanese market, where Via operates through its subsidiary Via Mobility Japan GK. Via is able to integrate with existing fixed-route transportation infrastructure, helping to fill in gaps where existing transit isn’t easily accessible with a system that efficiently works to aggregate multiple passengers into shared vehicles, effectively reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips and thus improving traffic congestion and reducing carbon emissions. The easy-to-use mobile interface is suited to riders of all ages, including the elderly.
"Via’s on-demand shuttle services, with their unique and efficient algorithms, will contribute to solving the problems of urban transportation such as traffic congestion and environmental pollution. This service will improve city life by increasing transportation options in urban areas," said Masahiko Ogasawara, director and executive managing officer of Mori Building Company.
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