A month after launching its operations in Perth, the Bengaluru-headquartered online cab aggregator Ola has started its ride-hailing services in Sidney. "Customers can download the Ola app, register for an account and book their rides", the city-based ride-sharing platform said in a statement here.
On January 30, the company announced that it was driving into Australia. Drivers have also been invited to sign up to drive in Melbourne, but it is unknown when the company will unveil its offerings there. New kid on the block Ola arrives around a year after Uber's reputation began taking hit after hit, with reported culture problems, including sexism and harassment, throughout the company.
Ola's arrival comes at a time when ridesharing has been legalised across Australia, with state governments implementing a range of compensation schemes for the taxi industry involving a surcharge on all rides. Uber launched its operations in Australia in 2012 and now operates in 19 Australian cities including the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. The company stated that it will roll out a number of new initiatives in the coming weeks for both customers and driver-partners, including new promotions, clear ways to share feedback, and a higher-quality ride.
Their competition is not only in the ride-sharing space in India but also food delivery, with Ola acquiring Foodpanda's India business.
According to the statement, since it started operations in Australia it had received more than 7,000 driver registrations in Sydney and Perth.
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