OlaCabs, commonly known as Ola, is a mobile app for personal transportation in India. Ola started as an online cab aggregator in Mumbai, now based out in Bangalore and is among the fastest growing businesses in India. We have seen Ola come up with various initiatives to help people in distress both inclusive and exclusive of its customers. The efforts put in by Ola in Chennai were quite commendable. As a latest initiative it has decided to help out people from Delhi-NCR.

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In order to curb the pollution and road congestion levels in the National Capital and the adjoining areas, the Delhi Government has decided to experiment with the implemention of the odd-even formula for private cars starting January 1, 2016.

In a move to support the initiative Cab aggregator Ola today launched a ‘CarPool’ feature, which will allow residents in Delhi-NCR to pool rides using their private cars through Ola’s app.To be available free of cost, CarPool will help citizens comply with the state’s first of its kind experiment to implement the odd-even formula for private cars starting January 1, 2016.

In a statement that was released, Ola said,

“Users in Delhi will be able to take advantage of Ola’s route matching algorithms to pool rides in their car with fellow passengers looking to travel on the same route. The ‘Friend List’ feature on Ola app allows users to create a custom list by adding friends with their mobile phone numbers. All of Ola’s safety features including Track your Ride, Share Ride Details, 24X7 customer care support, SOS, Emergency Contacts and In-trip feedback are available on CarPool as well,”

As part of the features, you may choose to share the ride with anyone outside your friends as well. The hosts can register by feeding their vehicle details on the Ola app and make themselves available by clicking on ‘I am driving’ and entering their destination. The interested users who want a ride can click on ‘I need a ride’ mentioning their drop location.

Recently Uber as well had launched a similar initiative where private car owners can offer rides to others using its platform.

Such initiatives will definitely bring economy, convenience and the comfort of travelling to people using this facility.

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