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Ola and Uber to set up more kiosks at Delhi Metro stations: report

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has tied up with Ola and Uber to set up kiosks at multiple metro stations, reports the Times of India. The DMRC is looking to set up these kiosks at 218 of its 271 metro stations, in 400 identified spaces, which would be leased to these companies, the report added.

This development is an extension of the pilot that the DMRC started with Ola and Uber last December, where it set up Ola and Uber kiosks at Dwarka Sec-21 and Rajiv Chowk Metro stations. At the time, Uber had kiosks at Dwarka Sec-21 and Sikanderpur Metro station, and Ola at M G Road and Noida Sec-18, while both were present at Rajiv Chowk station.

Then, the DMRC also tied with E-rickshaw providers at 11 Metro stations where 600 e-ricks run on weekdays catering to 90,000 passengers. It also had public cycle sharing services across 19 Metro stations.

Other than Delhi’s and Bangalore’s Metro stations, users can get Olas and Ubers from airport and railway kiosks.

Uber and Ola’s other modes of transport

  • Speed boats: Last month, Uber launched an Uber Boat service in Mumbai in partnership with Maharashtra Maritime Board, providing transportation from Gateway of India, Elephanta Islands, and Mandwa Jetty, via speed-boats.
  • Bike rentals: In December, Ola invested $100 million in Vogo, to add 100,000 scooters to the latter’s platform. Vogo will also be available on the Ola app directly.
  • Carpooling: Last month, we reported that Ola may invest $4.2 million in carpooling company sRide for a 26% stake.
  • In July last year, Uber introduced ‘Uber Express Pool’, a cheaper variable of its current ride-sharing service Uber Pool in India. However, Uber ExpressPool’s current status is unknown.
  • Buses: In December, we reported that Uber may launch Uber Bus, its bus seat booking service in India, after a pilot in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Bike taxis: In September last year, Ola launched Ola Bike, the motorcycle taxi service, in Agra. Ola Bike was then present in 3 cities in Uttar Pradesh and 13 cities across India. Ola first launched its bike taxis in Bangalore in March 2016, the same time as Uber launching its similar service – which is now dysfunctional. (Last month, the Bangalore Transport Department asked Ola to stop offering its bike taxi services in Bangalore.)

Foray into electric vehicles

Earlier this month, Ola’s electric vehicles unit Ola Electric raised Rs 400 crore in a round led by Tiger Global and Matrix India. Ola is primarily working on charging and battery swapping networks for electric vehicles (EVs), and services for 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler EVs. Ola Electric will be headed by Ankit Jain and Anand Shah.

In April 2018, Ola said that it would add 10,000 electric rickshaws in its fleet over the next year under its “Mission: Electric” across three cities. In May 2017, Ola began its pilot electric vehicle project in Nagpur, with a fleet of 200 vehicles including e-buses, e-cabs, e-rickshaws, and e-autos. Uber had also announced a partnership with Mahindra in November 2017 to rollout electric vehicles in India.

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Also read: Uber sues NYC govt over cap on number of vehicles; India next?

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