Via is a transportation network and real-time ridesharing company which provides a platform that dynamically matches passengers with available seats, instead of entire vehicles, creating a virtual bus service, while keeping trip durations similar to a private taxi.
Via is the world’s leading provider and developer of on-demand public mobility.
Via was founded in Jun 26, 2012 by Daniel Ramot and Oren Shoval. The company is headquartered in New York City. Via operates consumer rideshare services in New York, Chicago, and Washington DC, and in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Milton Keynes through ViaVan.
Via’s technology powers the next generation of public transportation, helping cities move beyond a system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic network.
Via’s ride-sharing app and service tap AI to combine multiple passengers or packages headed in the same direction in real time, ostensibly reducing urban congestion and emissions while providing a lower-cost mobility service. Shared rides are usually from corner-to-corner, requiring passengers to walk to a nearby pickup point indicated on the app.
Via offers a ViaPass in multiple cities where it operates. In some places, ViaPasses are periodic subscriptions that allow participating customers to ride several times per day on a weekly or monthly basis, while in other cities, a ViaPass may allow riders to pay upfront for ride bundles, unlock discounts, or activate public transit concessions.
Via is the world’s leading provider of technology-enabled public mobility solutions. To date, the Via platform has provided over 70 million rides around the world. Via’s success has been achieved by working closely with its more than 100 partners across municipalities, public transit agencies, transportation operators, major corporations, schools, and universities to optimize their transport systems.
Via is backed by Daimler, Daimler’s Mercedes Benz, EXOR, Pitango, 83North, Hearst Ventures, Ervington Investments and others. The company raised $200M in a Series E round on March 30, 2020, bringing its total funding to $587.1M. The latest round also pushed the company's valuation to $2.25B up from Via's previous $1B valuation in 2017.