Mercedes-Benz Vans partnering in on-demand public transport pilot; targeting 300 vehicles

By mmillikin Berlin’s local transport operator Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and ViaVan, a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz Vans and Via (earlier post), have entered a research and development collaboration to work on providing a supplementary local public transport service on-demand.

A pilot project, which is scheduled to start in the Spring of 2018, will offer an on-demand ridesharing service involving an initial fleet of 50 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the eastern part of inner-city Berlin (the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg districts). Passengers will use an app to call a local public transport vehicle at short notice to an agreed point. A large proportion of

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