Moovit’s transit app combines Uber with public transit to find the best route in 131 cities


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Moovit, the VC-backed local transit app that helps travelers find the best route from A to B on public transit, has rolled out Uber integration with its mobile app in more than 100 cities around the world.

Above: Uber request screen

The San Francisco-based company has raised more than $ 80 million in funding – including a $ 50 million round last year – since its inception in 2011. It has racked up 35 million users in 800 cities since. his creation. London-based transit startup Citymapper announced a similar feature in March on iOS, but Moovit is keen to brag about the extent of its latest rollout. While Moovit offers multimodal transport options, with Uber grouped alongside trains and buses in New York, Los Angeles, Rome and London since last year, the latest update covers both Android and iOS in 131 cities in 22 countries.

It also signals Uber’s intention to be the de facto and ubiquitous taxi service in the world.

“We want to make multimodal transport an attractive option for everyone, whether they commute every day or travel outside their home city,” said Andrew Salzberg, Head of Mobility Policy global for Uber. “Our integration with Moovit helps us advance this goal around the world by allowing an entire journey – combining Uber, public transit and other modes – to be coordinated from one convenient location.”

The benefits of bundling Uber into a transit app are obvious. Rather than figuring out the optimal route to get to a location by public transport and then checking it separately for a taxi, the multimodal approach allows you to include a taxi in your overall transportation options. For example, a taxi might not make sense if part of the trip involves driving through a city center during rush hour, which means Moovit can recommend a train for part of the trip, then an Uber car for the rest. . It’s about finding the best route while taking into account practicalities like time and price.

“Our goal is to provide our users with the best possible experience on public transport, but there are times when it’s faster for users to get around by car,” said Nir Erez, CEO of Moovit. “By now offering the ability to order an Uber for all or part of a trip, we are able to give our users even more freedom to decide how they want to get from point A to point B.”

Moovit’s Uber integration will be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks in US, UK, Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Australia, Canada , Singapore, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, Uruguay, Portugal, Poland. , the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece.

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