Ride-hailing platform Ola signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Telangana, to support the government’s efforts towards strengthening the traffic infrastructure in the city. According to a statement from the company, Ola will share intelligent insights that enable the government to implement smart solutions to enhance the mobility experience in the city.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of the Industries and Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments of the Government of Telangana.
“With mobility playing a key role in the development of a city and our focus on building a comprehensive smart city plan for Hyderabad, these valuable data insights from Ola will pave the way towards building future-ready transport infrastructure. The strategic partnership between the Government of Telangana and Ola will simplify traffic, transport management and will aid transport authorities to plan projects more seamlessly,” said Jayesh Ranjan said in a statement.
The first pilot project under this MoU is the proposal of dynamic mapping of riding quality of various major roads in Hyderabad through the network of vehicles operating on the Ola platform. This data will be provided to respective state government departments, who monitor road conditions and maintain the overall quality of roads in the city.
The intended outcome of this pilot, Ola says, is to reduce accidents due to potholes, monitor the quality of road construction, and prioritize road repair budget. Ola will work with the government to build innovative solutions for the city.
Speaking about the partnership, Sandeep Upadhyay, Regional Head, at Ola said, “Over the past 6 years, Ola has gathered valuable data collected by cars, autos and two-wheelers that have clocked millions of kilometres on the Ola platform in the city of Hyderabad. Our partnership with the Government of Telangana is a step towards using these learnings for the public good, and we are confident that our efforts will complement the various initiatives already launched by the government to improve the city's traffic infrastructure.”