Ola, a taxi aggregator has recently announced the launch of its ‘CarPool’ feature in Delhi NCR, which makes it easy for Delhi citizens to pool rides using their own private cars through the Ola mobile app.
This CarPool feature is currently voluntary and free of charge for both hosts and their passengers, and has just been launched for the first time ever by Ola. This is intended to help citizens comply with the Delhi’s implementation of the odd-even formula for private cars commencing January 1, 2016.
CarPool uses a route matching algorithms to pool rides in their car with fellow passengers looking to travel in the same route, it also allows users to open a Friend List, where friends can be added with their mobile phone numbers.
Ishan Gupta, Category Head, Shared Mobility at Ola said that the company had launched sustainable initiatives like CarPool, Ola Share and Ola Shuttle in cognizance of the fact that vehicular pollution was a major contributor to air pollution in India. “This has potential to unlock massive idle transportation inventory in our cities, with the ease of Ola’s technology that millions already use,” he said.
All of Ola’s safety features such as Track your Ride, Share Ride Details, SOS, Emergency Contacts, 24×7 Customer Support and In-trip feedback are still available on CarPool, the company said that they had also launched a Ride Sharing feature in Delhi, earlier this month.