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A revolution in the capital: on-demand ride sharing from BerlKönig.

V-Class from ViaVan in front of a moving subway

Mercedes-Benz Vans, Via & the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe are collaborating. Their on-demand ride sharing “BerlKönig” has been available in Berlin since autumn 2018.

Ride sharing on demand.

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.

V-Class for on-demand ride sharing

Also an eye-catcher from behind: the V-Class for on-demand ride sharing.

Mobile thanks to the BerlKönig smartphone app.

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.

Safety, comfort and flexible departure times.

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.

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Individual benefits that reduce the impact on the environment.

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.

The ViaVan logo is sewn onto the neck rest of a car seat

On-demand ride sharing from ViaVan is already available in London and Amsterdam.

A black V-Class speeding along a wet road

The on-demand ride sharing from BerlKönig is a revolutionary service on Berlin’s roads.

A black van parked outside a hall

The BerlKönig supplements the mobility spectrum of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe.

A black V-Class drives past a number of yellow buses

The BerlKönig creates a symbiosis with the capital city's yellow buses.

V-Class parked at a bus station in Berlin

The passengers can get in and out almost anywhere: at virtual stops displayed by the app.

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