Olacabs launches in Ahmedabad

Olacabs becomes the widest cab network in the country with services available across 10 cities.

August 13, 2014 11:30 IST | India Infoline News Service
Olacabs, India’s largest cab network today announced the launch of its services in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is the 10th city for Ola after Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Pune, Goa, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Hyderabad. With this, Ola becomes the widest cab network in the country to have presence across 10 cities in just 3 years.

Customers in Ahmedabad can book cabs through Ola with their first of its kind mobile application for Android, iOS and Windows, alternately by calling them on 079-33553355 or online through their website www.olacabs.com. To experience Ola’s service, they can use the code AHD200 while booking the cab to get a discount of Rs. 200 on their first ride anywhere in Ahmedabad.

Anand Subramanian, Director- Marketing Communications, Olacabs said, “We are extremely excited to launch our services in Ahmedabad, our 10th home. With this, we achieve another milestone of being the most widely spread cab network in India. We currently have over 12,000 cabs on our platform across these 10 cities and plan to double our capacity in the next one year."

"Ahmedabad is one of the most important economic and industrial centers in the country and 5th largest in terms of population. While the city has grown in leaps and bounds, it still lacks a personal transportation service that is easy to access and offers high quality and reliable travel experience to commuters. Our objective is to bring high quality cabs from local operators and drivers present in different parts of the city onto one technology platform, making it extremely easy for customers to book them as and when they need a cab. With our uncompromising focus on driver training and car quality checks, we are confident of delivering a great experience to the citizens of Ahmedabad to become the preferred choice of personal transportation in the city”, he added.

Plans for Ahmedabad
“Cabs booked through Ola in Ahmedabad will be priced at Rs 100 for the first 4 kms and Rs 12 per km thereafter, for the sedan category. Customers can also book these cabs for hour based local and outstation rental services. We already have over 175 drivers signed up with us on our platform and plan to have around 500 cabs by the end of this year. We also aim to create a very robust supply side ecosystem in the next one-year and this would mean enhanced entrepreneurship opportunities for drivers in the city.” added Pallav Singh, Vice President - Operations, Olacabs.

Olacabs focuses on creating an eco-system to nurture micro-entrepreneurship among drivers. For this purpose, Ola has tied up with car manufacturers like Tata, Ford, Mahindra, Maruti and Nissan across cities to help drivers buy cars from them directly at discounts of upto Rs. 1,00,000. The company has also tied up with financial institutions to ensure that drivers are able to procure loans for buying their own cars easily. It has also earmarked a sum of Rs. 100 crore for the next one year to enable more and more drivers to buy their own cabs.

Ola has been making a sizeable difference to the revenues earned by cab operators by improving efficiency, optimizing cab inventory and reducing idle time. The company also conducts regular car audits, driver training and sensitization sessions to ensure standardized service delivery and customer experience.

Ola’s mobile app
The Olacabs mobile app is the first of its kind that lets users book a cab with one touch. The mobile app, which is available on Android, iOS and Windows shows the available cabs nearby and the ETA of the closest cab. On booking, customers get a confirmation in real-time along with booking details like the driver’s name, number, car make and vehicle number. The app also tracks and shows the movement of the cab to the customer’s pickup location on a map in real time. These features aim to make city travel in Ahmedabad, safe, convenient and reliable.

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