Following a successful launch in Perth last month, Indian ridesharing platform Ola is now officially operating in Sydney and has hired a local team to build partnerships and support driver-partners.
Australia’s ride-sharing ecosystem saw a new player in the market after Ola announced its plans to enter the country, providing both driver-partners and passengers a better way to move.
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder & CEO, Ola, said, “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.”
Founded in 2011, Ola enables smart transportation options to over 125 million users in India, through its network of over one million driver-partners that it hosts across 110+ cities. On an aggregate basis, Ola serves as many as a billion rides annually through its platform.
Ola is also recognised for its collaboration with governments and communities to solve local transport issues. It is set to provide the main competition to the multinational ridesharing platform Uber in Australia as well.
Sydneysiders can experience the new service at an introductory offer for free rides; customers can download the Ola app from the Android or Apple App Store, register for an Ola account and begin booking rides. Rides can also be booked to and from Sydney Airport, for drop off and pick up in the designated ridesharing area.
Since the launch in Perth, the service has received a strong response from driver-partners with over 7,000 registrations.
Chandra Nath, Vice President, Ola said, “We’ve been very pleased with how the service has been received by customers, driver-partners and the community in Perth, and can’t wait to continue building on these experiences and learnings for our launch in Sydney.”