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Indian consumers can now book Ola, Uber through Google Search

Ola, in a statement, said the move helps facilitate Ola's focus on making cab bookings more accessible and seamless for customers everywhere. Photograph: (Getty)

New Delhi,India Oct 19, 2016, 09.25 AM (IST)

It will now be possible for the Indian consumers to book a ride with taxi aggregators, Ola and Uber, directly from the Google Search, Indian news agency PTI reported today. 

 

Tech giant Google had introduced a feature on Google Maps, earlier this year, that offers dedicated tab with information for cab services to the Indian users, in addition to the existing driving, public transport, or walking options.  

 

"Now with this integration, commuters across the country can ask Google for directions and book ride services directly from Google Search," Google said in a statement, PTI reported. 

 

The users will get to see a tab for ride services, both Uber and Ola, with fare estimates and pick-up times if a car is available near their location, it added.

 

The Google Search will not only help the user to install the applications if he/ she doesn't have it on the device but the browser will also direct the user to select a service and automatically open the app to book the ride when the user searches for the options to book the cab. 

 

"Choosing the best transit option can be a task at times. Our aim is to help users simplify their everyday travel. With this, users will be able to order, explore and make quick comparisons about the best estimated taxi fare directly from Google Search results on their mobile," Google program manager Sanket Gupta has been quoted as saying. 

 

Ola, in a statement, said the move helps facilitate Ola's focus on making cab bookings more accessible and seamless for customers everywhere. 

 

(WION with inputs from PTI) 

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