The Israeli public transportation app has focused on trains, buses and taxis, but will now add options for ridesharing in a select group of pilot states
Israel-based app Moovit, which provides info on arrival times and schedules for public transportation, announced Tuesday it will integrate its services with Uber in nearly two dozen countries
This is a major shift for Moovit, which relies on a combination of official schedules, GPS and crowdsourced updates to provide ETAs for buses, cabs, trains, walking and since January, bikesharing. Users can set parameters to include or preclude certain modes of transport from their trip calculations and booking.
The 22 countries (including 131 cities) that stand to benefit will be the U.S., U.K., Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, Uruguay, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece. But that sounds like just a launching pad, since Moovit is available in over 800 cities and more than 60 countries. Uber is even more ubiquitous.
The integration follows up on when Moovit partnered with Lyft back in 2014. Paradoxically, the integration will not be available in Israel, where Uber still faces regulatory challenges from a strong taxi industry and stiff competition from taxi-booking app Gett, which is headquartered in Tel Aviv but operates also the U.K. and Russia. Gett also already partners with Moovit in Israel.
“Our goal is to provide our users with the best possible experience on public transport, but there are times when it’s quicker for users to get around via car,” said Nir Erez, Moovit CEO, in a press release. “By now offering the option to order an Uber for all or part of a journey, we’re able to give our users even more freedom in deciding how they want to get from point A to point B.”
Moovit has so far raised more than $80 million in capital in four rounds, the last being in November 2015. Those investors include count Sequoia Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, BRM Capital, Gemini Israel Ventures, Jerusalem Global Ventures, Sound Ventures and Vaizra Investments.
The company was founded in 2011 by CEO Nir Erez, VP Operations Roy Bick and Yaron Evron. They are headquartered in Ness Ziona, Israel.