Bengaluru-situated ride-hailing unicorn Ola has spread its wings to the United States of America to develop the next-generation technologies. The company will be setting up Advanced Technology Centre in San Francisco Bay area and will be building a team of over 150 engineers.
The centre is a portion of Ola's global initiatives to further drive the mobility-led transformation to billions across the world. The Upcoming Technology Centre will be onboarding world-class talent who will associate closely with global teams in the various geographies where Ola operates.
The hub will establish technology solutions to rise Ola's mission across electric mobility and connected vehicles as well as lead futuristic experiments like autonomous vehicles.
To support this, Ola is looking to hire experts across Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Sciences, Engineering and Product Development.
Ankit Bhati, co-founder and CTO said, "The Valley and the talent ecosystem here are very conducive to the development of next-generation mobility solutions. This is also a huge step in our journey as a global mobility player, with a mission that talent from around the world is inspired to join us on."
Founded by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati in January 2011, Ola is now offering its amenity across 50 cities in India, UK, Australia and New Zealand. The company asserts to complete over a billion rides annually with its over 1.5 Mn drivers.
This began as an offering of car-hailing, now has expanded into carpooling services and more. The company works across:
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Electric portability unit Ola Electric Fleet management business, Ola Fleet Technologies Public transportation ticketing app, Ridlr Ola Financial Services that includes micro-insurance products and a range of payment solutions including a credit card Foodstuffs, meals brand supplied to customers by Ola, directly from its vast network of dark kitchens. The company has increased $3.8 Bn from marquee investors such as SoftBank, Ratan Tata, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors, Sachin Bansal and others. However, as the company seeks to close another $2 Bn funding round, it is struggling to avoid SoftBank from increasing its stake in the company.
With organized experiments in electric mobility, self-driving, and two-wheelers rentals at the tech centre in the US, it joins the club of the likes of Paytm with these centres. Paytm had arranged Paytm Labs in Toronto, Canada, "to build better data-centric products".