A massive ridesharing company has just announced its plans to launch in Australia, beginning the on-boarding process for private hire vehicles and driver-partners in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth today.

Founded in India in 2011, Ola is the country’s most popular ridesharing platform, completing over 2 million rides every day for around 125 million customers across 110+ major cities. Off the back of some pretty serious growth, the company is keen to launch its service here in Australia.

Ola says its focus and investment in driver-partners has been the key to its success, arming them with the tools and skills needed to offer a superior service. The company has also been recognised for collaborating with governments and communities to tackle local transport issues.

While the launch date is just “early 2018” at this stage, private hire vehicle owners can sign up to join right now via drive.olacabs.com.

“We are very excited about launching Ola in Australia and see immense potential for the ride-sharing ecosystem which embraces new technology and innovation,” said co-founder and CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal.

“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.”  

There’s no word on how much Ola plan on charging for rides, but now that we have a number of ridesharing options here, they’ll probably wanna offer something fairly competitive. The company plan on sharing more details soon, so keep an eye out for those.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Ola plans to set themselves apart from the rest.

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