Tuesday 4 October 2016

How to Book OLA Cabs in Off-line through your Smartphone emergency?

Sometimes when we need things we won’t get at that time in this advanced technology generation. Similarly, in our daily life data connection is must for chatting (Whatsapp) shopping, booking movie tickets, booking cab services etc. 

When you find any situation without having data connection or wifi connectivity or your data pack ran out unexpectedly and your network doesn’t support emergency and you need a cab to travel one place to another reach destination immediately. For these purpose OLA has launched a special features where you can book a cab without having internet or data connection. 

As per latest information, OLA introduced special feature for its users for booking of Cabs by sending SMS. OLA cabs started this feature in smaller towns and cities and planning to extend its services in rest of the cities over the coming weeks. The feature will be available across all cab categories viz. Micro, Mini, Prime and Lux.

How ‘OLA Off-line’ works?

  • To book a cab on the OLA app without having mobile internet or data connection user will get two options: RETRY or BOOK VIA SMS
  • User can select RETRY if they’ve come to a place with better Internet connectivity or else go for second option
  • Selecting the latter, users will get redirected to their default messaging app where they will see a pre-loaded text message requesting for booking of OLA cab.

  • By sending the text message, user will get an reply SMS with the particulars of the nearest available cabs across categories.
  • Once they select their suitable cab category, they will receive driver and cab details instantly via SMS
    The driver on the other hand will also receive customer contact details and the GPS triangulated location o the user

When internet connectivity resumes, the ride details, GPS tracking, SOS button and other features associated with the ride will be displayed for the user on the OLA app.

In a statement OLA CTO and Co-Founder Ankit Bhatia said, ‘As the country ushers in the digital revolution with projects such as Digital India and Smart Cities, the way users experience technology is changing. While connectivity continues to be an infrastructural challenge, we are constantly building innovative technology that helps fill the gap, and the launch of the ‘Offline feature’ is a major step in that direction. We understand that while an Ola might be available around you, a working Internet connection might not always be. Ola Offline will now plug this gap.” He further added, “Mobility is an integral part of a developing economy. It should not stop, irrespective of any technology or infrastructural constraint. We will constantly look at innovative ways to realise our mission of building mobility for a billion Indians’.

The Offline feature was started in several smaller cities like Indore and Nagpur and good response has been noticed. The company after successful approach has decided to extend this services in other cities across all the 102 cities that OLA operates.