Ola has launched Ola Bike, the motorcycle taxi service, in Agra. Ola Bike is currently present in 3 cities in Uttar Pradesh and 13 cities across India, and offers the same services as those in booking a cab. It appears as a separate category on the Ola app. Ola first launched its bike taxis in Bangalore in March 2016, the same time as Uber launched its similar service.
According to Ola, the UP government has been investing in “developing a smart transport system with a multi-modal fleet” to address the increased demand for transport. Ola’s press release cited D.K Singh, RTO Officer, Agra, as saying that Ola Bike would help boost the tourism in the city, and “ease the pressure on road traffic and build a sustainable transport system.” Ola’s regional head for North, Pranav Mehta, said that Ola Bike would be useful for short trips and offer jobs in the state.
Ola kiosks now at Chennai airport
Ola has partnered with Chennai International Airport to launch Ola Zones and kiosks at the Chennai airport, reports the Economic Times. Users of the service can book cabs at the kiosk as well as take their cabs from the Zones, which is a dedicated lane for Ola cabs.
Ola first set up its ‘Ola Zone’ at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore in May 2015. This followed by more Ola Zones and kiosks at Raipur Airport in 2017. Earlier this year, it opened its kiosks in 5 of New Delhi’s railway stations.
According a Hindu report from last month, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had allegedly given space to both Uber and Ola for setting up kiosks on a trial basis, and based on the popularity, put out tenders to offer a more permanent space, in which Ola won the bid. The AAI and Ola have an agreement over rent and revenue sharing, however the financial details are unavailable. Despite Ola’s standalone kiosk, Uber users can still get cabs from the airport, albeit not from a dedicated space at the airport.
In August last year, the AAI signed deals with both the companies for kiosks and space at the Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Lucknow and Bhubaneswar airports.
Where Ola has kiosks:
- Chennai Airport
- Bangalore Airport
- May 2018: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (proposal, no update so far)
- March 2018: Partnership with South Central Railway (SCR) to makes cabs available at Secunderabad, Hyderabad Deccan and Kacheguda railway stations
- February 2018: Delhi Division of Northern Railways, kiosks at 5 railway stations in Delhi
- August 2017: Rapid Metro Gurgaon
Where Uber has kiosks:
- Ajmer Junction Railway Division
- Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore
- 12 railway stations in Bangalore
- Hyderabad Metro Rail