Ola, India’s leading cab aggregation and rental mobile app today announced the launch of social ride-sharing offering on its app. Called Ola Share, the feature helps users to create and join Social groups who plan to travel on same route in real time.
OlaShare could be termed as a platform where users can come together and share rides by forming or joining groups.
In addition, an individual traveler can check out various groups on the Ola app and join the ones that are traveling on the route of their choice. Ola Share is currently available to Ola customers at an introductory fare of Rs 50 anywhere in Bangalore, for any number of rides.
If you open Ola mobile app, Ola Share will be shown as a separate category on the left hand menu.
Ishan Gupta, Head – Ola Share said, “At Ola, our goal is to build mobility for a billion Indians and this requires us to innovate constantly, for the future. With Share, we not only bring economy, convenience and comfort of travelling with people in your circles, but also increased inventory utilization of vehicles on the platform. This will also contribute towards significant reduction of traffic, congestion and pollution in our cities. Ola Share is a major step in the direction of sustainable transportation, allowing us to serve more people at a fraction of the cost, with driver-partners benefitting from increased revenue.”
How Ola Share Works
In Ola app, customer will need to first register themselves for Ola Share, which is available as separate category. The process involves either joining a public group or a private group (by invitation only). They can also create their own group, incase there is no group available that travels on the same route.
Alternatively, a the time of travel, customer can mention the drop location and Ola will use advanced algorithms to match users from common groups who are also looking for a cab on the same route in real time. Once additional user’s en-route is identified, the driver’s device gets an alert with navigation to their pickup location within minutes, to join the ride. A maximum of 3 people can share a cab together via Ola Share.
For Ola driver-partners, they get an option to log into the Share platform, getting instant access to increased revenue of up to 50%, through continuous fulfilment of booking requests.
Carpooling and Ride Sharing are increasingly becoming an important part of urban city travels – Not only do ride-sharing help with decreasing the ever increasing traffic, they also help with reducing pollution. Not to mention that they save money as well!
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