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Ola Revealed Its Plans to Enter European Market From Next Month

Ola said it has obtained licences to operate in South Wales and Greater Manchester, and will launch operations in South Wales within the next month.

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Take a look at the Top 5 Ride Hailing Apps in India. Pixabay

After foraying into the international market with a drive into Australia earlier this year, Indian ride-hailing major Ola on Tuesday revealed its plans to enter the European market by starting operations in Britain within the next month.

Ola said it has obtained licences to operate in South Wales and Greater Manchester, and will launch operations in South Wales within the next month.

The company said it plans to expand the UK operations nationwide by the end of this year.

Ola cabs to enter european market. Flickr
Ola cabs to enter european market. Flickr

“Ola is excited to announce its plans for the UK, one of the world’s most evolved transportation markets,” Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ola, said in a statement.

“We look forward to our continued engagement with policymakers and regulators as we expand across the country and build a company embedded in the UK,” Aggarwal said.

Founded in 2011, Ola has been competing against Uber in the ride-hailing market.

Ola’s entry into Britain follows its successful launch in Australia in February 2018, where it now operates in seven major cities.

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Over 40,000 drivers across Australia have registered since its launch in February and have completed millions of rides, Ola said, adding that it now conducts one billion rides each year globally, with more than 1 million driver partners and 125 million customers in over 110 cities. (IANS)

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Google Maps Appears to be Testing Taxi Wrong-Route Alerts in India

Besides ensuring users' safety, the feature is also intended to help them avoid being tricked by a cab driver

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Intended to keep users safe while they are riding in a taxi. Pixabay

As part of the many new features Google is experimenting with and adding on Maps, the search engine giant is testing an “Off-route” alert feature, exclusively in India for now.

Intended to keep users safe while they are riding in a taxi, the “Off-route” feature would notify users everytime their cab gets sidetracked from the intended course by 500 metres, XDA Developers reported on Monday.

Besides ensuring users’ safety, the feature is also intended to help them avoid being tricked by a cab driver while travelling to an unfamiliar part of the city.

On sensing a wrong route, the feature would not re-route the driver, but send alerts on the users’ phones.

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The search engine giant is testing an “Off-route” alert feature. Pixabay

For now, it remains unclear if users of Google Maps in other countries are also getting the test “off-route” feature or not.

Details about the experimental feature along with its public availability remains unannounced.

Lately, Google has been updating Maps with a plethora of features including a speedometer and support for showing radar locations.

The company also launched three new public transport features including live train status, to help Map users in 10 of the largest cities in India to see bus travel times from live traffic, get live train status for Indian Railways and get mixed-mode commute suggestions that now combine auto-rickshaw and public transport. (IANS)