After launching in Perth and Sydney, Ola is bringing its ride-sharing service to the sunny-then-cold-then-sunny-again, caffeine-fueled city of Melbourne. Rejoice, Melbournians. To celebrate their arrival in yet another city, they're offering free rides to get you moving.
Ola is still finding its feet in Perth and Sydney, but they're trying to disrupt the Uber monopoly, so that can only be positive for riders. From today, Melbourne Ola users will be able to benefit from free rides, up to the value of $20. The first two rides will be free up to that value and then 50% thereafter during "during the promotional period", according to Ola.
You will need to download the app which you can do here:
Ola have plans to launch across the rest of the country in the following months, with Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and the Gold Coast all on the agenda. No solid details on launch dates yet, and it likely depends on how quickly drivers are signing up in those areas. You can sign up to drive here.
Keep an eye on Lifehacker and we'll bring you news when Ola starts their engines across the country.
We've been trying out the three different ride-share services (Uber, Taxify and Ola) for the last month. The short of it? Travelling in an Ola is not that different to any of the other ride sharing services we've been using. However, as they're just getting started, finding drivers has been painful, especially during peak hours. Hopefully, Melbournians have a little extra luck jumping in today.
Our full thoughts are below:
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