Want to book a cab but there is no data connection in your phone? Ola has a way out. In an ever competitive market of online taxi services, Ola and Uber has been battling it out in India, to make a place in among the Indian commuters. Called as ‘Ola Offline’, works when the user has no connectivity of if the connection is very poor. In that scenario, Ola offers two methods to the user. One is to retry, and the other is ‘Book via SMS’. From today, Octover 4, the new feature by Ola will be available for all the four metro cities. The rest of the country can also expect it to arrive in a few days. Ankit Bhati, CTO and co-founder of Ola, in a statement, said, “We understand that while an Ola might be available around you, a working Internet connection might not always be. Ola Offline will now plug this gap.”
This new feature called ‘Ola Offline’ comes as a move in a series of attempts by the company to expand its services into the Indian market. Other offers that the company has already unveiled are, the Ola WiFI, 2G optimisation and many other language integrations. Last month, the rival taxi services company, Uber also unveiled similar options with an aim to woo more commuters. When the user books the cab in the offline mode, the app sends an SMS from the mobile to the driver, after selecting the category. The SMS also has the user’s location. The user then gets an SMS regarding confirmation and details of the driver.
The online Uber app also gave an option of booking cabs even if the user does not have the app. One can just go to the website and book the taxi. Recently it also gave the option of booking cabs for friends. Apart from that Uber announced a feature where people in selected parts of the country can schedule cab rides. These moves from online apps come as methods of capturing the Indian market, where internet penetration is still a big problem.