The acquisition is in line with Ola’s strategy of integrating public transportation infrastructure into its platform.

Ola acquires Mumbai-based public transport ticketing and commuting app Ridlr
Atom M&A Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - 12:34

Nearly a week after reports emerged of cab aggregator Ola being in talks with Ridlr, the company has officially confirmed the development, announcing the acquisition of the Mumbai-based public transport ticketing and commuting app.

This acquisition is in line with Ola’s strategy of integrating public transportation infrastructure into its platform.

“Public transportation serves millions of Indians every day, and powering these needs with real-time information, mobile ticketing, cashless payments, and reliable services is bound to impact their end experience. The challenge really is to make the entire ecosystem inclusive and robust for all. Ridlr, in a short span has made huge strides in this space, and this latest acquisition lends muscle to our efforts in making transportation a far more holistic service. I am delighted to welcome the Ridlr team on board and join our mission of building mobility for a billion people,” Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ola said in a statement.

Ridlr, founded in 2012, allows users to search and book public transport options on their mobile phones. Ridlr’s proprietary IoT devices bring digital capabilities to public transportation in India.

According Ola, combining Ridlr’s innovations in mass transit with Ola’s mobility products will enable true multi-modal mobility solutions for users at scale. With this acquisition, Ola will bring new technology and mobility options as it works to expand into and partner with cities in India and abroad.

“The digital technology-driven services of Ridlr and Ola are a perfect synergistic fit. We have been offering end-to-end mass transit solutions to Indians, making their daily commute seamless across different public transportation modes. Ola, on the other hand, has made deep in-roads in the realm of urban mobility through its smart ridesharing solutions. By joining forces with Ola, we are delighted to become part of an evolved ecosystem that will act as a one-stop destination for any urban commute in an affordable and seamless manner,” Brijraj Vaghani, Founder, Ridlr said in a statement.

Ridlr’s team of 64 employees will be joining Ola, while Brijraj Vaghani will to continue leading Ridlr’s operations. Ridlr is currently serving commuters in Mumbai and Delhi with partnerships with BEST, Delhi metro, and Mumbai metro, along with pilots in several other cities.

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