Ridesharing Company Via Launches Service in Tel Aviv
After launching operations in cities like New York, Tokyo, Sydney, and Paris, Via arrives at the city whose unique van-based public transportation inspired its ridesharing model
New York-headquartered ridesharing company Via Transportation Inc. is launching its service in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, the company announced Tuesday. Via will collaborate with Israeli public transportation company the Dan Bus Company to launch a pilot for its shared ride service using a fleet of vans operated by Dan. Tel Aviv already has a low-tech van-based ride sharing service as part of the city’s public transportation lineup.
Founded in 2012 by Israel-born entrepreneurs Daniel Ramot and Oren Shoval, Via also operates in Chicago, Sydney, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, and Tokyo. The company is backed by a $50 million investment and strategic collaboration with Daimler AG's van division Mercedes-Benz Vans. To date, it has raised approximately $387 million, according to Pitchbook data.