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Practo users can get an Ola; Yatra users can get an Uber


Now book an Ola cab via Practo’s apps

Practo users can now book an Ola cab (Micro, Mini, Prime and Lux) from the Practo app. They will also get a reminder 1 hour before a scheduled appointment, and use Ola’s ‘Ride later’ feature to get an Ola cab. The Practo user’s destination will be pre-filled into the Ola driver’s app.

Ola currently claims to have 450,000 vehicles (cabs, autorickshaws and taxis) in 102 cities in India. In September last year, Practo claimed to manage 40 million appointments yearly.

Note that Practo users can already get a Uber cab from the Practo app. In fact, this Uber-Practo partnership is live in India, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore, with plans to expand to other countries. It works the same way, on giving the app user a reminder and then letting them book a Uber cab.

Uber’s other partnerships:
– In May, Uber, Foodpanda and Zo Rooms tied up to allow travelers to book rooms, order food and call for a cab for a limited period.
– In April, Uber partnered with Zomato to allow users to instantly see the estimated pickup time, fare and travel time to the restaurant they were looking up.
– In the same month, it also tied up with Housing to let the latter’s users take a cab to the property they wanted to check out.
– Uber had rolled out Google Maps integration in India in February 2015.
– In August 2014, Uber released its API for third-party app developers.

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In April, Practo tied up with Twitter to launch a Twitter handle called @AskPracto, which would enable users to get responses to their queries from doctors.

In September 2015, Ola had opened up its API for developers. At the time, the company mentioned that Samsung, MakeMyTrip, Helpchat and inMobi had already integrated its API.


Yatra app users can now book a Uber cab

Yatra has tied up with Uber to let Yatra users get a Uber cab from the Yatra app. Although the company’s statement says that users can book a local and intercity cab, we’re not sure of the intercity cab arrangement since Uber shuttered its Pune-Mumbai intercity service last December, 8 months after launch. The Yatra-Uber partnership is live in 28 cities where Uber operates.

Yatra’s arrangement with Uber is similar to that of Snapdeal’s where the user need not have the Uber app on their phones. However, existing Uber users can also link their accounts in the Yatra app if they wish to do so.

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In April, we’d reported that Yatra was looking to aggregate cabs from Ola and Uber on its mobile app to let its users get cabs inside and outside a city. It also mentioned that it would aggregate self-drive cars but did not give a timeline for this.

It’s interesting to see multiple e-service providers partner to offer their services on one mostly mobile app or platform as such. Google has been doing this with flights, food delivery, travel, health and utilities and now even as a messenger.

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I'm a MediaNama alumna from 2015-16 (remember TinyOwl?) now back to cover e-services like food and grocery delivery, app based transport and policies, platforms and media in India.

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



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