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Taxi Startups Will Share Traffic Data With Governments To Solve Traffic Congestion

Ola Cabs, TaxiForSure want to give traffic data collected by their vehicles to government bodies, which can be used to address congestion on roads, according to a report by the Economic Times. These companies traditionally use the data to improve fleet management and customer service. Ola Cabs is in talks with traffic police and transport departments in Mumbai and Bangalore, while TaxiForSure is also exploring ways to work with local governments. Both companies give smartphones to drivers so they can use it to find direction, while also clocking in a lot of data. What's in it for the cab companies? It is not clear why these cab companies want to give this data to the government. Note that, at the NASSCOM Product Conclave this year, Ola Cabs Co-Founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal had said that he spends 25% of his time engaging with…

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