Via

Via lets passengers share rides at a low fixed cost. The platform is also licensed to other companies, including in Paris.

12M
rides have been taken using Via
10s
of thousands of people share rides every day on the Via platform
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“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.”

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Challenge

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.

Solution

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 APIs. Using the Google Maps Distance Matrix API, Via computes the travel distance and time between pick-up and drop-off points. The Google Places API Web Service and Google Maps Geocoding service send customers to the right corners to be picked up. To manage the service, Via uses a backend Web-based app that uses the Google 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.

Benefits

  • 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
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APIs used

Millions of apps and sites use Google Maps APIs to benefit from a powerful mapping platform. Discover which set of APIs Via has used to create its service:

 

Google Maps Javascript API

Runs Via’s backend and shows the location of all of its cars on a map

 

Google Places API Web Service

Determines passenger location and sends customers to the right corner to be picked up

 

Google Maps Geocoding API

Determines passenger location and sends customers to the right corner to be picked up

 

Google Maps Distance Matrix API

Computes the travel distance and time between pick-up and drop-off points

 

Google Maps Directions API

Chooses efficient routes and provides accurate pickup times

 

Google Street View Image API

Makes sure intersections chosen are suitable for pickup

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