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Indian Popular App based Cab Ola Launches World’s First Connected Car Platform for Ride-Sharing

This context-aware system uses customer preferences and current ride information like time and destination to offer personalised recommendations during the ride

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New Delhi, November 22, 2016: Cab aggregator Ola on Tuesday launched “Ola Play”, a connected car platform for ride-sharing that brings advanced car controls, choice of personalised content and an interactive experience for the user.

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“Ola Play” will be made available on “Ola Prime” in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi for select customers and will be rolled out across other cities and to over 50,000 vehicles by March 2017, the company said in a statement.

“I believe this will completely transform the consumer’s ride experience, giving the user the power to control the interactions within the car, and usher in a new era in the ride-sharing industry,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Ola, in a statement.

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The platform is a first-of-its-kind solution built by Ola in partnership with US-based semi-conductor and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm.

Beyond offering a personal experience for users, “Ola Play” also allows partners like Apple Music, Sony LIV, Audio Compass and Fynd to build a high-quality interactive experience for them.

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“Ola Play” transfers the control of the in-car experience to users from the driver console, which enables seamless interfacing with the consumer’s device once a ride begins, the company claimed.

This context-aware system uses customer preferences and current ride information like time and destination to offer personalised recommendations during the ride. (IANS)

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Apple lost over $60 billion in market cap in two days after Taiwan Semiconductor, Apple’s biggest supplier, said in an earnings update that second-quarter revenues would be hit by “weak demand from the mobile sector”.

Apple shares fell nearly seven per cent on Thursday and Friday over reports of a sharper slowdown in smartphone sales this year, Financial Times reported late on Friday.

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Not just Apple, the news led to several global chipmakers losing market valus, including Analogue Devices, Dialog Semiconductor, Qualcomm and Qorvo.

For the first time since 2009, smartphone sales in China fell last year while global sales fell in the fourth quarter of 2017 for the first time since 2004.

In another setback for the iPhone maker, its efforts to get LG Display’s OLED screens for future iPhone production line “have hit manufacturing issues”, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday Apple is reportedly divided on whether LG will be able to succeed as Samsung’s replacement for OLED displays.

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The Cupertino-based company currently uses Samsung’s OLED displays for iPhone X. The LCD panels which are currently being used in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are supplied by LG. Apple Watch screen is made by LG Display. There are reports that Apple is designing and producing its own device screens, secretly at a facility near its headquarters in California. It is believed that Apple will switch to OLED displays for all of its iPhone releasing in 2019. IANS