Following taxi aggregator Uber’s launch of car pooling service UberPool in Bengaluru, competitor Ola too has decided to introduce a similar service. Ola Share, as it is called, will be available to users in Bengaluru and will be extended to users in five other cities over the next three months.
Instead of sharing a ride with strangers, customers can now share a ride with people in their social groups, which will have to be created on the Ola platform. To enable this, Ola has introduced the concept of groups on its app. For instance, colleagues from a workplace or friends from a college can come together to share rides. Users can be part of any number of groups.
Ishan Gupta, head, Ola Share, said: “This platform will contribute towards significant reduction of traffic, congestion and pollution. Ola Share is a major step in the direction of sustainable transportation, allowing us to serve more people at a fraction of the cost, with driver-partners benefiting from increased revenue.”
A maximum of three persons can share a cab via Ola Share. Customers can use it at a fare of Rs 50 anywhere in Bangalore, for any number of rides.