Ola opens its tech-platform to Indian Govt to fight coronavirus crisis


Going forward to combat coronavirus, Ola has now has made its technology platform capable of conducting real-time tracking and navigation and managing crowds, available to the Governments at no cost. Ola, already working with Punjab Govt, said its technology platform can be refashioned to help the govt & public service organizations manage their real-time war rooms. In Punjab, govt is using the Ola’s technology to track & manage over 1.7 million farmers’ produce and their vehicle movement in vegetable markets to ensure they followed the social distance protocol. Ola uses the latter to authenticate whether the person in the driving seat is the registered driver partner. The company emphasized that it is “ensuring highest level of data privacy and security.”

Its technology also being used to issue travel passes digitally in Punjab.

The launch of Ola Connects, the name of the initiative, is the latest effort from the Indian ride-hailing giant to help in the time of crisis. In recent weeks, Ola has waived off lease rental for its driver partners, and committed to offer a few hundred dollars to driver partners and their families who test positive with Covid-19.

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