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Mercedes-Benz to rival Uber with new London ride share service

Mercedes-Benz is to launch a new Uber-rivalling ride sharing service in Europe, kicking off with London.

Mercedes-Benz to rival Uber with new London ride share service

Mercedes-Benz to rival Uber with new London ride share service

The joint venture with US technology start-up Via – which already operates ride sharing schemes in Chicago, New York and Washington – will offer on-demand shuttle services using the Mercedes-Benz nine-seater Vito Tourer and the eight-seater V-Class, which replaced the Viano MPV in 2015 integrated with Via’s software with on-board vehicle sensors. In the longer term, the cooperation will look to deploy electric vehicles and autonomous driving capabilities.

The Via technology will enable passengers to hail a ride using an app and will match them up with passengers headed in the same direction.

The joint venture – headquartered in Amsterdam – will also license the Via ride sharing technology to third parties, such as transport service providers and local public transit operators.For more latest industry news, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.