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Ola acquires GeoSpoc, a platform that could improve its mapping in real time

Ola’s latest acquisition could be a golden ticket for the company to build maps for various mobility models such as drones.

With emerging technologies such as drones and autonomous transportation getting more mainstream, Ola has acquired geospatial services provider GeoSpoc with an aim to build real-time, three-dimensional vector maps. As part of the acquisition, GeoSpoc CEO Dhruva Rajan and his team of geospatial scientists will be joining Ola to develop "universally accessible" technologies, announced Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal in a blogpost. Aggarwal justified the acquisition by stating that maps need to improve in various ways. The other reasons (which give an insight into what Ola and GeoSpoc would be working on) provided are  — Aggarwal said that accurate and rich maps with high user context should be available to the population beyond the first 100 million users. Multi-modal transportation will need geospatial intelligence to understand the benefits of each option and provide suggestions accordingly, he added. "Maps will need to consider…

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