By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangalore: In Bangalore it has become trend .Rain comes the cabs switch off their apps. Many could not find a cab for several hours .Sources in the app-based aggregator companies said the platforms were designed in such a way those drivers had the right to log off whenever they chose to. "Drivers may or may not choose to work when it rains. The platforms do not have absolute control over drivers. They can choose to log off if they want" said a reliable source. Reportedly An Uber spokesperson said that the company was committed to providing reliable, convenient and safe transport to everyone. "To make this possible, we've developed a platform that uses complex algorithms to connect passengers with our driver partners. Features such as Heat Map on the driver's app help us maintain marketplace efficiency .We can direct drivers to those locations where the demand is high to ensure that demand ratios balance out at the earliest," he added. Difficulties they faced in finding a cab on when rain comes brought home a harsh truth home for Bengalurenas that the app-based taxi services, on which they have grown so dependent, cannot be relied on in all conditions. However, the Motor Vehicles Act 1989, and the Karnataka On-demand Transportation Technology Rules 2016, empower citizens to lodge a complaint against errant autorickshaw drivers and cabbies who refuse rides.
Ola is a popular cab-hailing service in India and the company has been riding high since the last couple of years. The company started out four years back in 2010, and has grown exponentially in all major cities. Ola faced serious competition from it US-rival Uber who also capitalised on India's growing demand. In face of such competition, the company has been constantly re-inventing itself and strategizing new avenues to stay relevant.These new services have expanded way beyond just being a cab aggregator. Here are five things you can do with Ola other than booking a taxi: Ola, India's most popular mobile app for transportation, integrates city transportation for customers and driver partners onto a mobile technology platform. As one of India's fastest growing companies we ensure convenient, transparent and quick service fulfilment using technology to make transportation hassle free for everyone. Ola's offerings on its platform ranges from affordable AC cabs on the Ola Micro range to the superior luxury offering from Ola Lux as well as localized offerings like the ubiquitous Auto-rickshaws to Shuttle buses for daily commute. Using the Ola mobile app, users across 102 cities can conveniently book from over 450,000 vehicles available to them. They've empowered hundreds of thousands of driver-partners as entrepreneurs, by building an ecosystem encompassing financing institutions, car manufacturers, service providers etc. for drivers to grow professionally and personally as well as a consistent earning opportunity for them on the Ola platform.Pay phone bill/recharge phone: Ola Money is the biggest new venture from Ola. The feature was developed to make taxi payments seamless but with the coming demonetisation the company jumped on to the band wagon of e-wallets and started offering various features other than just paying for cabs. The user can just recharge their Ola Money wallets and directly recharge phones or pay phone bills. Ola Money can also be used to pay electricity, DTH and gas bills.