Ola to take on Uber in Australia


Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Ola, in Mumbai. File photo   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

The Indian cab aggregator said it is inviting private hire vehicle owners in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth,

Homegrown ride-hailing startup Ola on Tuesday announced its plans to enter Australia. The Bengaluru-based firm would be competing with Uber, a worldwide ride-hailing colossus, in Australia. The firm said it is inviting private hire vehicle owners in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to learn more about driving and registering with the company.

“With a strong focus on driver-partners and the community at large, we aim to create a high-quality and affordable travel experience for citizens and look forward to contributing to a healthy mobility ecosystem in Australia,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO, Ola, in a statement.

Founded in 2011, Ola said it enables smart transportation options to over 125 million users in India. It does this through a network of over one million driver-partners that it hosts across over 110 cities. On an aggregate basis, Ola said it serves as many as a billion rides annually, through its platform.

Community focus

Ola said it is taking a driver-partner focused approach to ride-sharing — investing in its partners to arm them with the necessary tools, skills and incentives to offer best-in-class transport experiences. It said the firm is also recognized for its collaboration with governments and communities to solve local transport issues in innovative and meaningful ways. Ola said it will build on these values as it launches in Australia.

“We are very excited about launching Ola in Australia and see immense potential for the ride-sharing ecosystem which embraces new technology and innovation,” said Mr. Aggarwal.


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