Berlin, the second largest city in Europe with a population of 3.7 million, has a prolific existing transit network and an operator, the BVG, that has nearly a century’s worth of experience. Though the BVG’s service is robust, the city still faces transportation challenges: as the population steadily grows, congestion becomes worse and the need for reliable, affordable shared options becomes greater, particularly late-night and on the weekends when there are service gaps.
The BVG partnered with ViaVan, the joint venture between Via and Mercedes-Benz Vans, to launch the largest public sector on-demand transit deployment in the world. Via’s technology powers an affordable ridesharing service with a fleet of 100 vehicles, half of which are fully-electric. Over the course of the two-year pilot, the fleet will expand to 300 vehicles.
Since launching in September 2018, BerlKönig has already completed more than 250,000 rides, averaging over 20,000 rides per week. The service has received rave reviews from customers in both Google Play and the App Store, and ridership continues to grow substantially month over month.