Chandigarh, September 23, 2016: Ola, India’s largest transportation platform, today announced the launch of ‘Ola Share’ on its platform in Chandigarh. Ola Share enables economical fares and reduced congestion, since a ride can now be shared by up to three people at any point in time. Customers benefit from up to 50% discount on cab fares. Ola Share makes urban transportation economical and efficient. With better utilisation of vehicles on the road, many more cars can be taken off the road every single day. This will go a long way in making our cities cleaner and greener by reducing pollution and congestion on road. All of Ola’s security features like Track your Ride, Share Ride Details, SOS, Emergency Contacts, 24x7 Customer Support and Number Masking are available for users on Ola Share.

 

Chandigarh is a key market for Ola as it has the highest per capita vehicles in the country and is increasingly facing problems of traffic jams and lack of parking space. With over 86% of citizens owning a car and 11 lakh vehicles registered in the city, there is a compelling need for shared mobility in the city to enable a sustainable transport solution.

 

Raghuvesh Sarup, CMO & Head of Categories at Ola said, “We are thrilled to bring Ola Share - India’s most pocket friendly and decongestion friendly ride-sharing service to Chandigarh. The city is amongst the 100 cities chosen for government’s ‘Smart city mission’; and hence, a smart & sustainable commuting solution like Ola Share will play a major role in making the existing transport structure stronger.” Raghuvesh further added, “Shared Mobility also has far reaching benefits - less traffic congestion on roads which means you and I will spend less time stuck in traffic, and do more productive things instead. Also, with Ola Share, the same convenience of a regular cab ride at a much lower fare means access to mobility for many more commuters, furthering our mission of building mobility for a billion people.”

 

Ola Share has been specially designed to enable citizens to ride together and contribute to reduction in pollution and congestion in their city. In the last 8-10 months, Ola Share has been able to save upwards of 48 lakh kilograms of carbon emissions along with over 20 lakh litres of fuel. Launched in October 2015, Ola Share has received tremendous acceptance from both customers and driver partners.

 

How does Ola Share work?

Ola Share appears on the Ola app as a separate category. On sharing the drop location, the Ola app uses advanced algorithms to match users, looking for a cab on the same route, in real time. When additional users en-route are 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.

 

Ola Share, social ridesharing platform

With Ola Share, colleagues from a workplace or friends from a college can come together to share rides amongst themselves. A user can join multiple groups or simply choose to share a ride with anyone. As soon as users request a Share ride on the Ola app, they are matched with other users from their groups along their way. On the other hand, driver-partners get an option to log onto the Share platform, getting instant access to increased revenue of up to 50%, through continuous fulfilment of booking requests.

 

About Ola:

Founded in Jan 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola (formerly Olacabs), is India’s most popular mobile app for personal transportation. Ola integrates city transportation for customers and driver partners onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent and quick service fulfilment. Ola is committed to its mission of building mobility for a billion people. Using the Ola mobile app, users across 102 cities can book from over 4,50,000 vehicles across cabs, auto-rickshaws and taxis.  Ola has also introduced a range of shared mobility services on its platform like Ola Shuttle and Ola Share for commute and ride-sharing respectively. The app is available on Windows, Android and iOS platforms. Please visit www.olacabs.com and https://www.olacabs.com/media for more information.