3 Dec 19

Ola to fill London's Uber hole

Following the announcement that the Transport for London (TfL) authority had cancelled the licence held by Uber to operate in the UK capital, a smaller rival has immediately sought to take advantage. Indian application Ola has indicated that it is now recruiting drivers in London, where it hopes to add to its services already operating in Wales and Greater Manchester. Ola says that it received a private operating licence from TfL earlier this year and that it intends to begin services in the capital within the coming weeks.

As reported by Déplacements Pros, the Ola application includes a 24 hour driver and passenger emergency safety telephone number and a panic button for use by passengers. There is also a system allowing for the driving style to be reported. Finally, driver facial recognition would appear to respond to the allegation that some unauthorised Uber drivers were using the licence of others.

Image: Ola cabs

Authored by: Tim Harrup