Ola, an Indian ride-hailing firm, launched its operations in London on Monday, giving strong competition to the likes of Uber and Bolt.
The Softbank-backed firm is offering users discounts and drivers zero commissions in order to lure numbers.
The app has stronger safety features with options like a start code to give to the driver before the journey begins.
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Ola, a ride-hailing app launched in London on Monday and I decided to take a ride and find out just how different it is from its peers.
But I am not new to Ola. I have taken many Ola rides during vacations in India where Ola has become the standard means of transport and is more popular than Uber. My parents, who weren’t the most app-savvy till about a few years ago, have switched to Ola instead of taking their Hyundai out and so has a large part of the smartphone-savvy Indian population.
However, back in London, it’s always been Uber or Kapten for me. But I decided to give Ola a try on Monday evening and here’s how I think it’s different from its peers.
I took a short journey, and used the £5 ($6.46) introductory voucher from Ola. The app is pretty straightforward and easy to use. It gives you the option to add a few stops, and a range of cars to choose from. These are categorized as “Comfort,” “Comfort XL” and Exec. Upon selecting your choice of car, a waiting time is shown and you are then connected to Ola drivers in your area.
I selected a Comfort Ola, with a waiting time of 5 minutes. Now, here’s where Ola is different from all the other ride-hailing services I have taken. Once you confirm your ride, the app sends you a start code, …read more
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