- Customers in Chandigarh can now book, track their auto rides straight from the Ola App
- More than 1,000 autos on the platform at launch; plans to ramp up to 2500 Autos within six months
NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Ola, India’s most popular mobile app for personal transportation today announced the launch of auto-rickshaws on its app, in the city of Chandigarh. After immense success of Ola’s Auto booking service in six cities viz. Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune since October 2014, Ola is gearing up for expansion in more cities like Chandigarh. With over 1,000 Autos already registered on the platform in Chandigarh and over 75,000 across the country, the company makes the experience of hailing, tracking and payment, seamless for users.
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. A base fare of Rs 14 will be applicable for the first 1 km and Rs. 7/km thereafter. 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 2500 Autos in the next six months in Chandigarh.
Each auto on the Ola platform is powered with a smartphone having the Ola app, that enables driver-partners, access to continuous demand from customers around them. 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. On completion of the ride, customers shall pay the driver the metered fare and an additional convenience charge of Rs 10.
Customers are allowed to share their ride details with loved ones, use Ola’s in-app SOS tool as well as share feedback on their ride at any point in time. All auto driver-partners on the Ola app go through rigorous training across behavioral, etiquette, routes and technology to make the ride experience seamless and consistent for customers.
Anand Subramanian, Senior Director- Marketing Communications at Ola said, “We are excited to bring Ola autos to Chandigarh. 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 now. 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.”
Anand further added, “Autos are the most ubiquitous mode of personal transportation in India and Ola’s technology makes the it convenient and efficient for both customers and Auto drivers. Our success in redefining personal transportation in Chandigarh is testament to the value created for citizens and partners alike and furthers Ola’s mission of building mobility for a billion people.”
Ola has over 75,000 auto rickshaws registered on its platform across 7 cities and intends to be present in 9 cities by the end of this year. Auto-rickshaw driver partners who have registered with Ola across the country, have seen their income grow by up to 40%.
For the first Ola auto rickshaw ride between 24th and 27th December in Chandigarh, customers will avail cashback of up to Rs 50 on their ride.