Via: helping tens of thousands of people share rides every day

About Via

Via Transportation, Inc. is a transportation network company and real-time ridesharing company based in New York City. Using Via, a ride booked on a mobile device costs little more than the bus. Currently live in NYC, Chicago, and Washington, DC, Via is expanding operations and have launched numerous groundbreaking partnerships with transportation providers across the globe.

Industries: Other
Location: United States

About T-Sciences

Thermopylae Sciences and Technology (pronounced "ther-mop-uh-lee") was founded in 2007. At Thermopylae, we focus on excellence in all we do. We particularly excel in Web-based geospatial capabilities, mobile software framework and applications, situational awareness, and cloud computing.

In the competitive world of on-demand, app-based transportation services, Via was looking to make its mark by offering ride-sharing that allows multiple people to share a vehicle when traveling along a similar route. Sharing in this way allows Via to charge significantly less per ride than competing services. It chose Google Maps to handle logistics and the user experience.

Google Maps Platform Results

  • Millions of riders pay low, flat fees to share rides
  • Because Google Maps APIs are built for fast deployment, Via can quickly branch out into new cities
  • The quality of Google's data ensures that Via schedules trips accurately, reducing pick-up and trip times

Tens of thousands of people share rides every day on the Via platform

"Google Maps was key to helping us create an on-demand ride-sharing service and platform that is point-to-point rather than door-to-door. We see a great, unmet demand for multiple people sharing rides from one fixed point to another. Google Maps has helped us meet that demand and reduce the cost of convenient shared rides."

Andrew Snyder, Director of Business Operations, Via

With Via, cars pick up passengers at the nearest corner of a street that flows in the direction they are headed, and drops them off within several blocks of their final destination. Via worked with T-Sciences to implement the solution using Google Maps Platform. Using the Distance Matrix API, Via computes the travel distance and time between pick-up and drop-off points. The Places API and Geocoding API send customers to the right street corners to be picked up. To manage the service, Via uses a backend Web-based app that uses the Maps JavaScript API to show the location of all of its cars on a map. Via is available in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. It licenses its technology to a global transit provider in France and the United Kingdom, with other cities to follow.

About Via

Via Transportation, Inc. is a transportation network company and real-time ridesharing company based in New York City. Using Via, a ride booked on a mobile device costs little more than the bus. Currently live in NYC, Chicago, and Washington, DC, Via is expanding operations and have launched numerous groundbreaking partnerships with transportation providers across the globe.

Industries: Other
Location: United States

About T-Sciences

Thermopylae Sciences and Technology (pronounced "ther-mop-uh-lee") was founded in 2007. At Thermopylae, we focus on excellence in all we do. We particularly excel in Web-based geospatial capabilities, mobile software framework and applications, situational awareness, and cloud computing.

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