Use public transport without having to follow a timetable, instead find a ride wherever and whenever you need one – on top of it all in a comfortable van? The BerlKönig is on the job. Together with the Berliner Verkehrsgesellschaft (BVG), ViaVan has initiated a special project: on-demand ride sharing for the German capital. ViaVan is a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz Vans and the transport company Via.
The concept is as simple as it is brilliant: When you want to move around Berlin, use the app and enter when and where you want to get in and where you are headed. The app combines all of the various passenger’s requests as efficiently as possible. Essentially, the software from ViaVan checks in real time which journeys can be combined with only minor diversions. And then things get moving. The vehicle has space for up to six people – also barrier-free.
The BerlKönig focuses on comfort and safety: the optimised vehicles include numerous useful features. Charging stations for smart devices, secure storage and a screen in the passenger compartment which shows the route, stops and passengers entering the vehicle are a general standard. The service is so flexible that customers are no longer restricted by fixed departure times. They simply get in and out at the virtual stops. The BerlKönig represents a serious alternative to passenger vehicles and an effective expansion of public transport in Berlin.
The good thing about the BerlKönig: it is intelligent. The vans are used optimally. This ensures sustainability for all. The transport requirement planning pays off for the passengers, in particular. They benefit from attractive prices and high flexibility when booking journeys. An intelligent algorithm makes optimum use of the available vehicles. This is a major benefit for inner-city living. The BerlKönig reduces traffic, local emissions as well as the strain on the urban infrastructure.