New Delhi: Ola, India’s most popular mobile app for transportation today announced the launch of auto-rickshaws on its app, in the pink city Jaipur.
After doing rounds in eight cities viz. Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Chandigarh and Indore, Ola’s auto booking service is set to take on Jaipur with over 1,500 autos.
The conventional process of hailing an auto-rickshaw is quite cumbersome. With autos now being available on the Ola App, users can request a ride without having to step out, with the assurance of travelling at metered fares.
Customers can live-track their rides and can also share their ride details with loved ones. Ola Autos are available round the clock in Jaipur and upon booking from the Ola app customers can get an auto in 5 minutes or less.
Senior Director-Operations, Ola, Nitesh Prakash said, “We are excited to bring auto-rickshaws on the Ola app in the city of Jaipur. Users in the city will now be able to book an auto with a single tap on the Ola app, just the way they are used to booking a cab. Ola’s technology will help Auto-rickshaw driver-partners with access to increased and consistent revenue opportunity, and better utilization of their time and inventory.”
“Autos are the most ubiquitous mode of personal transportation in India and Ola’s technology makes it convenient and efficient for both customers and auto drivers. Our success in redefining personal transportation in Jaipur is testament to the value created for citizens and partners alike and furthers Ola’s mission of building mobility for a billion people,” added Nitesh.
Customers can book auto-rickshaws straight from the Ola app, which will now feature an auto category. Available autos around the pickup location are seen on a map in real-time and on booking, a customer can track their auto-rickshaw coming towards them on the map. Ola autos are available in Jaipur at Just Rs. 9 per kilometer and there is no base fare.
An additional convenience charge of Rs. 10 will be payable to the auto driver over and above the fare along with a ride fare of Re 1/minute. Night charges would be 1.25 times the normal fare. Customers can choose to pay their fare in cash or through Ola Money. Ola intends to on-board over 3000 autos in the next six months in Jaipur.
Auto driver-partners are notified of booking requests on their smartphones and are given navigation to reach the customer’s doorstep on accepting a booking request. The GPS enabled smartphone also helps customers track their ride in real-time use Ola’s in-app SOS feature as well as share feedback on their ride at any point in time.
Ola has over 75,000 auto rickshaws registered on its platform across nine cities and intends to launch in more cities in the future. (ANI)