Cab aggregator Ola announced the launch of its app-based autorickshaw service in Noida and Gurgaon on Wednesday.
The Ola auto service is currently available only in Delhi among the NCR cities.
Initially, the service will be launched with 3,000 autorickshaws in Noida and Gurgaon. The company plans to increase the fleet to 15,000 in the next six months.
“We are excited to extend Ola autos to Noida and Gurgaon after seeing tremendous response from customers and drivers in Delhi. Users in these cities will now be able to book an auto with a single tap on the Ola app. This will give them a convenient, hassle-free and pocket-friendly commute within minutes,” Nitesh Prakash, senior director (Operations), Ola, said.
The company aims to provide the service with verified drivers and at a standardised fare. Autorickshaws do not ply by metre in most of the NCR cities.
The service is available at a base fare of Rs. 25 and Rs. 5 for every additional kilometre. Commuters will also have to pay for the travel time at the rate of Rs. 1 per minute. Night charges will be applicable from 11pm to 5am and the fare will be multiplied by Rs. 1.25. The distance of a journey is calculated thorough the app and payment can be done using Ola Money or in cash.
In order to ensure better quality of service, safety and security of passengers, the drivers are trained in behavioural skills, technical application and routes. They also went through a comprehensive verification of antecedents and vehicle documents, the company claimed.
In Gurgaon, Jugnu, G-auto and Pink autos for women already offer three-wheeler services as an option for last mile connectivity.
The Ola autos will be available round the clock and the company has the estimated the arrival time of an auto at five minutes. Each autorickshaw driver is notified of booking requests on their smartphones and can navigate to the passenger’s doorstep using global positioning system (GPS).
The Ola app also has a features in which a passenger can share ride details with family/friends.
Launched in 2014, Ola auto has a presence in 12 cities after Wednesday’s launch in Noida and Gurgaon. Nearly 80,000 autorickshaws are a part of the service.