Olacabs to have Bangaloreans beckon cabs at their fingertips

25th Jul 2012
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  • Olacabs starts Bangalore operations
  • Customers can order and track cabs real time through India’s first smartphone app

Olacabs, India’s largest aggregator of car rentals and point-to-point cab services, today announced that their quick and simple cab service, enabled through a smartphone tracking app, will now be available in Bangalore. Olacabs is India’s first smartphone-enabled cab service that helps a customer call for a taxi and track it till it reaches its destination. Olacabs’ quick service comes as a shot in the arm to local commuters, business travelers and visitors who battle service unreliability, traffic snares and lack of commuting options on a daily basis. Olacabs are available for business, leisure or personal trips in and around Bangalore, with flexible options for bookings and payments.

The smartphone application enables customer to easily point and click on the nearest cab from a map of the city. The app provides users instantaneous confirmation of booking along with necessary details like the name of the cab driver and vehicle number, distance from the user’s location as well as expected time taken to reach the location. The app also tracks and shows the real time movement of the cab from its location to the location of the customer, on a map.

Services provided by Olacabs include point-to-point services within the city, hour-based rental services and bookings for outstation travel. With an iPhone and Android app already launched, and an impending Blackberry app, Olacabs is the only taxi service that is currently available for smartphones. Registered users can also maintain a credit balance with Olacabs and use the service through the app as and when needed, without having to pay for the trip. Olacabs can also be booked through the internet and customer service centres (phone).

Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO of the company said, “Olacabs is committed to increasing its robust, competitive presence throughout metros in the country, and Bangalore is our second city. Olacabs is poised to offer the best cab experience for commuters in the city as we intend to iron out any bottlenecks that arise from booking a cab, to enjoying the ride and reaching the destination effortlessly. We believe that this will chiefly be enabled by technology and stringent quality assessments.”

Olacabs is known for integrating technologies like GPS, real time traffic alerts and demand analysis to create a seamless car rental experience for its customers. The company does not own or operate its own fleet, but aggregates small fleet operators and single vehicle owners and brings them on to their technology platform. The company conducts regular car audits, driver training and sensitization sessions to ensure standardized service delivery and customer.

The smartphone application enables customer to easily point and click on the nearest cab from a map of the city. The app provides users instantaneous confirmation of booking along with necessary details like the name of the cab driver and vehicle number, distance from the user’s location as well as expected time taken to reach the location. The app also tracks and shows the real time movement of the cab from its location to the location of the customer, on a map.

Olacabs first started its services in Mumbai. By the end of the year, the company plans to offer services in 10 cities, and the apps will be available from day one of the launch, in each of these cities.

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