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.
Ola cabs, India’s leading commutech company is doing something heartening to help the community. In the wake of the tragic flyover collapse accident in the city that has killed over 10 people and has left many hundreds injured and stranded, Ola has offered to help in its own capacity. The company is offering free rides to people commuting on the affected route.
There’s no love lost between Ola and Uber. Both companies are fiercely competing for a share of India’s lucrative cab hailing market, and have been engaging in price wars, advertising and the occasional jibe to get a leg up over the other. But if Uber is to be believed, things have just got a lot more serious.
Ola cabs, which has been aggressively looking to be a bigger part of the Commutech industry by experimenting with Share rides, Autos and Shuttles has now rolled out possibly the last remaining piece of puzzle to complete the transport gamut. The Bangalore-based startup has just announced the launch of Ola Bike Taxis.
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.
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.
Before there was an Ola or Uber, there was Auto Raja, Chennai’s first autorikshaw aggregator service. However unable to compete with the bigger, if newer players like Ola and Uber, in a highly competitive and valuation led market, Auto Raja to shut shop soon.
Cab-hailing app Ola has now rolled out Ola share in Chennai and Kolkata. Ola has recently launched the Share feature wherein up to three users can share an Ola cab ride. The user can either choose to ride someone from a pre-created social group or with anyone, on the same route, using the Share option.
Ola has launched Ola corporate, an enterprise solution to corporate cab bookings.
With Ola corporate, employees would be able to book a cab for official visits, with the click of a button and have the option to have it expensed directly to the company account, instead of needing to have it reimbursed later.
Mumbai taxi drivers haven’t been the biggest fans of cab hailing companies Uber and Ola. Seeing their business slip away from beneath their feet, they’ve resorted to protests, strikes, and political posturing to get these companies out of Mumbai. But their efforts have been in vain – consumers have responded with their feet, and Ola and Uber have made rapid inroads into the city.
But now Mumbai’s iconic “kaali-peeli” taxi owners are trying to take on cab hailing startups at their own game.