Indian ride sharing and aggregator service Olacabs has officially launched in Sydney, Australia. This is the second city in Australia that the company has rolled out to, as part of its first venture outside of India. As part of its inaugural effort, Ola has stated that its first riders can avail “free rides”, while its driver-partners will be privy to “new earnings programs, community town-halls, fuel offers and other vehicle services.”
Olacabs began its first round of cab services outside India in Perth, Australia. As part of its launch offer, first riders were allowed two free rides of up to A$10 each. The company stated that special emphasis is also being given to customer and driver feedback, and a higher rate of commission was being offered to all driver partners in a bid to establish its network in Australia.
While Ola has not specified, the initial free rides for customers in Sydney should be similar to what was offered to customers in Perth. The company also states that users may book cabs for transit to and from the Sydney airport, which presumably qualifies for discounted rides as well. The company is now in plans to expand its network across more cities in Australia, with Melbourne possibly on the chart next.