Gett and Moovit announce collaboration
The new service from the transportation apps hopes to simplify your life.
Transportation apps Moovit and Gett are teaming up in an effort to further simplify how you travel around your city.
Moovit, which was created in Israel, allows users to plan trips via public transportation by comparing arrival times from the point of origin to the destination; while Gett, also developed in Israel, is a taxi-hailing service much like Uber and Lyft. Both services now operate around the globe.
Together, they plan to provide users of the Moovit app – where Gett's taxis will be listed among potential transit options – the ability to combine public transportation with a taxi ride, a service the companies said is unique and does not exist through other apps.
The addition of taxis to the public transportation routes will not only provide an alternative option to users, but in cases where the intended route does not connect seamlessly through public transport, or where service has been interrupted, the trip can be supplemented with a taxi.
The new feature is only available in Israel at the moment, but the companies hope to expand it to the U.S. soon. In fact, the country is fast becoming a favored location of companies looking to test transportation services. Earlier this week, Google announced it would launch a carpool pilot program in the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Ra’anana and Herzliya.
That new app, called RideWith, will utilize Google's Waze – a navigation app that uses crowdsourced information shared by users to offer real-time traffic data – to learn the routes drivers most frequently take to work. RideWith will then match them up with people looking for a ride going in the same general direction.
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