Delhi’s odd even experiment is just ready to get down on roads, and Ola is buckling itself up to assist citizens in every way they can and — of course also to make the most out of this opportunity.
Post the launch of Ola “Share” which lets Delhi commuters split the fare for the ride they pick together, Ola is today launching “CarPool” feature. This addition to Ola services will let citizens in Delhi to pool rides using their private cars through Ola’s mobile app.
With CarPool users in Delhi will be able to take advantage of Ola’s sophisticated route matching algorithms to pool rides in their car with fellow passengers looking to travel in the same route. CarPool on the Ola app is voluntary and free of cost for hosts and their fellow passengers.
The Friend List feature on the Ola app allows users to create a custom list by simply adding friends with their mobile phone numbers. This helps CarPool users travel with their identified friends, allowing for increased privacy.
Alternately, hosts can also choose to share their ride with anyone outside of their friends. users travel with their identified friends, allowing for increased privacy. Alternately, hosts can also choose to share their ride with anyone outside of their friends.
All of Ola’s safety features including Track your Ride, Share Ride Details, SOS, Emergency Contacts, 24×7 Customer Support and In-trip feedback are available on CarPool as well.
Ishan Gupta, Category Head – Shared Mobility at Ola said –
We are cognizant of the fact that 13 of the top 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India, with vehicular pollution being the major source of pollution. CarPool will bring economy, convenience and the comfort of travelling with friends even to those who drive their own vehicles.
CarPool will now appear as a separate category on the Ola app in Delhi-NCR, using which customers can choose to share rides in their private cars. First time hosts can register by entering their vehicle details on the Ola app and make themselves available by clicking on ‘I am driving’ and entering their destination. Users who want a ride can click on ‘I need a ride’ mentioning their drop location.
Recently, Ola also announced the launch of a new feature, called ‘Share’ — similar to UberPOOL — which lets users split fare among each other. The feature is currently in Beta and available to select customers in Bangalore.