Two days after the Karnataka Road Transport Office issued a directive to commutech companies against applying surge pricing, Uber and Ola seem to be defying the rules and continuing with higher prices.
Meet Chinnappa, a 55 year old, ex army veteran who’s employed as an Uber cab driver under the Uber Fauji programme. Started late last year, Uber Fauji is an initiative by Uber that aims to give employment to ex servicemen.
You know the time for green initiatives has truly taken off when the country’s prime minister lends his support to one.
In a major win for the environment, and Ola cabs, electricity powered E-rikshaws will now be available to book on commutech player Ola’s app in the Delhi NCR region.
Looking to capture a bigger pie of Indian ecommerce that extends beyond retail, Snapdeal is reportedly in talks with commutech giant Uber. If the partnership goes through, Snapdeal customers will be able to book an Uber ride through the Snapdeal app.
When Uber and Ola launched their Bike Taxis in Bangalore within hours of each other, I decided to try it out for myself. I have ridden pillion for hundreds of miles through the treacherous terrains of Ladakh, how bad could a few kilometers in a metro city be? So, I tried a bike taxi for the first time in India, and it was full of precious insights and a sweet banter with my driver Mohun.
Startups Like Ola and Uber are moving beyond just arranging taxis. How can we call an Ola, an Uber, A Zipgo or A Bike Taxi “Cab hailing apps”. Open most media articles and till date Ola And Uber are referred to as “Taxi Hailing apps” or cab aggregators” or similar, but misfitting nomenclature. Let’s call them Commutech.
Uber has signed a partnership with the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment under which job seekers who want to drive with Uber can sign up via the government’s official employment portal.
Bangalore based on-demand shuttle service ZipGo has had a stormy relationship with Bangalore’s RTO. Late last year, the transport authority had raided ZipGo’s offices claiming that its services were illegal. ZipGo had gone off the roads, only to make a quiet return a few days later. This time ZipGo’s in trouble again, and its founders are appealing for help.