Ola races for a London launch as Uber loses licence— and it has facial recognition to vet drivers
Olais now onboarding drivers in London, days after Uber’s licence in Londonwas revoked.
- The TfL had recently revoked Uber’s licence in London, after drivers were held using fake identity cards.
- Ola has said that it will have an “driver facial recognition technology for continuous authentication.”
The Indian ride hailing giant, led by 34-year old Bhavesh Aggarwal, is already offering cab services in Birmingham, Liverpool, Exeter, Reading, Bristol, Bath, Coventry, and Warwick.
It is now racing for its London launch trying to make the most out of Uber’s loss in the British capital city. “We are inviting the tens of thousands of PHV drivers across London to register themselves on the Ola platform, as we prepare to launch in the city in the coming weeks. We have built a robust mobility platform for London, which is fully compliant with TfL’s (Transport for London) high standards,” Simon Smith, head of international, Ola said.
The TfL had recently revoked Uber’s licence in London, after drivers were held using fake identity cards. The authorities had found that 14,000 trips were taking with fake ID cards.
Hoping to stay ahead of a situation, Ola has said that it will have an “industry-first driver facial recognition technology for continuous authentication” along with “storing digital copies of various documents including vehicle insurance certificate, MOT (Ministry of Transport) certificate, and driver’s licence, to ensure that they are always up to date”
Ola had launched operations in the UK in 2018, after foraying into New Zealand and Australia.