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Daimler × Via

Daimler makes strategic investment in Via
Via, the world’s leading on-demand shared rides technology developer and provider, announced today that industry-leading automotive company Daimler AG will make a strategic investment to support Via’s continued rapid growth.

Via and Daimler set up joint venture to bring on-demand shared rides to Europe 

Building on a partnership that began in 2015, Via and Daimler will significantly intensify their cooperation, establishing a joint venture to launch on-demand shuttle services powered by Via’s revolutionary technology across Europe, and to license Via’s on-demand shuttle operating system to European transit authorities and municipalities. Adding to the strategic investment of Daimler Mobility Services, Mercedes-Benz Vans will invest $50 million in the new joint venture with Via.

“We are delighted to have the Daimler Group on board as an investor and strategic partner. Combining Via’s technology with the exceptional design and engineering of Mercedes-Benz Vans is ideal for our vision of offering efficient, affordable, sustainable, and convenient shared rides everywhere,” says Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via.

“Via’s world-class engineering team is perfecting the operating system that will power the future of mobility. We are excited to bring our proprietary technology and operational excellence to Europe through the new joint venture with Mercedes-Benz Vans,” says Oren Shoval, co-founder and CTO of Via.

Via and Daimler to launch on-demand shared rides in London 

London will be the first city to launch the new Via-Daimler on-demand shuttle service by the end of 2017, with expansion to additional European cities to follow soon after. Via’s shared ride platform is currently available in New York City, Chicago, and Washington DC, providing over 1 million rides per month. The company’s smart routing algorithms allow passengers to be picked up and dropped off in an endless stream without taking riders out of their way.

Via and Daimler to design optimized shared ride vehicle 

As part of their strategic partnership, Daimler and Via will also collaborate on the design of an optimized Mercedes-Benz Vans shuttle for on-demand shared ride use, and will develop systems for efficiently managing and optimizing fleets of electric and autonomous shuttles.

“On-demand ride-sharing offers many new ways of making city traffic efficient, needs-based and sustainable – especially when it involves the use of spacious, safe and comfortable vans,” says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “Via is one of the most successful providers in the growing ride-sharing sector while Mercedes-Benz Vans has the perfect vehicles that are being continuously optimized for this job. By deepening our cooperation with Via, we are thus taking the next logical step in the context of our strategy for the future and are expanding our range of new mobility services.” The cooperation is another milestone of the adVANce strategy of Mercedes-Benz Vans focusing on the transformation from a vehicle manufacturer to a provider of holistic van system solutions.

About Daimler 

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, financial investments, credit cards, and innovative mobility services.

About Via 

Via is re-engineering public transit, from a regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network. Via’s mobile app connects multiple passengers who are headed the same way, allowing riders to seamlessly share a premium vehicle. First launched in New York City in September 2013, the Via platform currently operates in New York City, Chicago, and Washington DC, providing over a million rides per month, and is growing rapidly. Via also licenses its revolutionary on-demand transit technology to transportation operators globally. For more information, visit www.ridewithvia.com.

TIDAL × MERCEDES-BENZ

(Courtesy of MBUSA)
Mercedes-Benz and global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, have announced a long-term partnership – in the next few months, Mercedes-Benz customers that have connected their car to the Mercedes me Portal will be able to access a complimentary TIDAL HiFi membership. Customers will be able to stream more than 50 million songs, over 185,000 music videos and hundreds of carefully curated playlists, free of charge for twelve months in their vehicles, on their smartphones or on their music systems at home. Not just a streaming service, TIDAL also offers a variety of exclusive content in High Fidelity sound quality to its members across 52 countries. The TIDAL X program connects artists directly with fans via one-of-a-kind live events, meet & greets, ticket giveaways, livestreams and more with artists like JAY-Z, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Nicki Minaj, Damian Marley, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys and more. Providing a platform for fans to engage with the musicians they love is key to the TIDAL experience. Mercedes-Benz and TIDAL are marking the launch of their collaboration with an exclusive concert taking place during the me Convention at Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA).

“Thanks to the cooperation with TIDAL, we are enhancing the Mercedes me lifestyle range with a unique entertainment experience. Our customers can stream music and videos at home or on the go virtually unlimited. We also offer exclusive opportunities to contact artists or experience them live”, Dr Jens Thiemer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, explains.

For the launch of their collaboration, Mercedes-Benz and TIDAL are presenting an exclusive concert Friday, 15 September, 2017 at the me Convention in Frankfurt. The artist will be announced shortly and participants of the me Convention can sign up for a ticket via the event App during the convention. Additional tickets will be raffled over the Social Media channels of TIDAL and Mercedes-Benz

“TIDAL is honored to partner with the world’s premiere automobile manufacturer,” said Lior Tibon, TIDAL. “The joint mission of superior quality and excellence is a natural synergy between both brands. Mercedes customers value ingenuity and we’re proud to share TIDAL’s elevated music and entertainment experience with them.”
Starting from 2018 all Mercedes me customers are provided with a free 12-month subscription in hi-fi streaming quality. After that complimentary trial, customers can continue to use the TIDAL subscription to access albums, live streams, and Tidal X concerts for €9.99 (premium quality) or €19.99 (hi-fi quality). There will also be Mercedes-Benz playlists at www.tidal.com.


About the me Convention

As part of IAA in Frankfurt, Mercedes-Benz and South by Southwest (SXSW) are organising the first me Convention – an inspiring platform to discuss topics of the future. On 15 and 17 September 2017, the me Convention will bring together the technology, design and creative industry for a dialogue about the future. Under the slogan #createthenew, the focus will be on the topics New Creation, New Urbanity, New Leadership, New Realities, and New Velocity. Topics of the future will be discussed critically in workshops, expert panels, keynotes, co-working spaces, and on interactive platforms. The me Convention will take place in the Festhalle Frankfurt in a festival-type atmosphere and will be accompanied by a line-up of evening events with parties and concerts in the city’s Bahnhofsviertel, the quarter surrounding the railway station. For more information about the programme and me Convention, the events, and the lecturers, please visit www.me-convention.com.


About TIDAL

TIDAL is a global, experiential, entertainment platform built for fans, directly from artists around the world. TIDAL members enjoy exclusively curated content that directly connect artists with their fans in multiple ways. The service offers high-fidelity, CD sound quality music, high resolution video, an opportunity to discover new artists via TIDAL Rising and unique experiences via TIDAL X. TIDAL is available in more than 52 countries, with more than a 50 million song catalog and 185,000 high quality videos.

Follow TIDAL at http://facebook.com/tidal, http://twitter.com/tidalhifi and https://instagram.com/tidal/

More information from Mercedes-Benz
www.media.daimler.com and www.mercedes-benz.com

For more information about TIDAL, please visit www.tidal.com