Cab aggregator Ola on Tuesday released a statement announcing that it has partnered Google for its 'outstation' category with a view to enabling its commuters to find and book inter-city rides facilitated by Google maps. “Commuters travelling between cities will now be able to discover Ola Outstation, a smart mobility solution for inter-city travel on Google Maps for mobile, thereby, directing customers to the Ola app to conveniently complete the booking,” OLA said in a statement. It added that “the integration aims to enable access to a reliable and convenient mode of commute for long-distance travel.”
The association will enable bookings from 23 cities to over 215 one-way routes in the country and in the coming weeks, the integration will be expanded to a total of 500 routes, it added.
“Covering a significant number of routes across cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, and several others, the integration will make Ola Outstation category accessible to an even wider customer base and bring a more fluid and convenient experience for travelers” the statement reads.
Elaborating on the partnership Vijay Ghadge, VP of Operations at Ola said, “Google and Ola, have been joining forces time and again with a strategic goal in mind — enhancing customer experience and catering to a wide number of use cases. This time around, we are bringing a unique experience for long-distance commuters — enabling access to our Outstation category on Google Maps itself.”
In October last year, the Ola had integrated its intra-city cab travel options with Google Maps, enabling customers to discover cab options with estimated fares and estimated time of arrival (ETA).
(With inputs from PTI)