We all love Uber and Lyft for the convenience they provide especially when traveling in heavily populated places like the Washington Metro area. Well, this week yet another ride-sharing app launched in Arlington County.
Via, which launched in Washington D.C. In 2016, expanded in Arlington. Like the others, the carpooling service uses an app to book a ride but instead of getting picked up in front of their doors, riders are directed to what the company calls a “virtual bus stop.” The app then finds others with similar destinations that will be picked up along the way.
“Via at its core is really a technology company,” said Alex Lavoie, U.S. General Manager at Via. “When you put in your pick up and drop off destination to book a ride with via our algorithms are actually trying to solve a really hard problem including the location, which vehicle is the best for your trip. For many trips the number of potential algorithms our app are considering is choosing from over 10,000 potential options,” he said.
“I like via because it’s the most efficient way to get around I feel like if you take Uber or Lyft sometimes you can end up in a loop and it can be 20 minutes and you haven’t made any progress to the direction you’re trying to go,” said Alex Weinberger, who rides with Via daily.
Via is now available throughout most of Arlington County and plans to extend service to Reagan National Airport within the coming months.