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February 12, 2019 11:17 am

Microsoft, TomTom Partner With Israeli Navigation Startup Moovit

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Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo. Photo: Reuters / Dado Ruvic / Illustration.

CTech – Microsoft and Dutch traffic and navigation app developer TomTom N.V. have partnered with Israeli public transit app developer Moovit App Global Ltd. to offer a comprehensive trip planner, the companies announced Tuesday.

The collaborative app, based on Microsoft’s Azure Maps technology, is designed to identify and present all of the driving, parking, and public transportation options available for a specific trip. The app displays trip options that include real time driving directions and public transport data, car, scooter, and bike-sharing information, parking lots, and on-foot travel.

Chris Pendleton, head of Azure Maps, together with Moovit co-founder and CEO Nir Erez and TomTom managing director Anders Truelsen, unveiled the new app during a keynote presentation at the MOVE 2019 mobility conference in London.

Moovit first announced it will integrate its public transit information to Microsoft’s Azure Maps in November 2018.

Founded in 2012 and based in central Israel, Moovit develops a free public transportation app used by over 300 million people in more than 2,700 cities in 86 countries, the company stated. Moovit has raised approximately $132 million to date, according to Pitchbook data. Investors in the company include actor Ashton Kutcher and BMW iVentures.

In January, Moovit launched a real-time vehicle location tracking system, TimePro, which provides transportation companies with location information for all their running vehicles.

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