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Ola, Uber growth in India screeches to a halt in 2017

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This follows a whopping four-fold increase to 500 million rides last year for Ola and Uber

Ride-hailing apps in India – mainly Uber and its arch-rival Ola – had a fall in rides for the first time in the first quarter of 2017. The number of rides fell by 5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016, according to market research firm RedSeer.

This follows a whopping four-fold increase to 500 million rides last year for Ola and Uber, compared to 130 million in 2015. The fall in rides this year follows the cutback of incentives for drivers, which led to strikes.

The ride-hailing leaders are both trying to figure out the right balance between pursuing growth and finding a path to profitability. Uber has started a car leasing program in partnership with Mumbai-based Xchange Leasing, while Ola is reviving its own leasing subsidiary, Ola Fleet, in efforts to increase the supply of cars and woo drivers with a new business model.

Ola, Uber growth in India screeches to a halt in 2017 with fall in rides

Ola’s losses tripled to $360 million in FY 2015-16 on a revenue of $118 million, according to regulatory documents. It managed to raise fresh funding of $250 million from SoftBank last month at 30 percent lower than its peak valuation in 2015.


This is an excerpt from the article published on Tech in Asia. You can read the full article here

Ola, Uber growth in India screeches to a halt in 2017

This follows a whopping four-fold increase to 500 million rides last year for Ola and Uber

This follows a whopping four-fold increase to 500 million rides last year for Ola and Uber

Ride-hailing apps in India – mainly Uber and its arch-rival Ola – had a fall in rides for the first time in the first quarter of 2017. The number of rides fell by 5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016, according to market research firm RedSeer.

This follows a whopping four-fold increase to 500 million rides last year for Ola and Uber, compared to 130 million in 2015. The fall in rides this year follows the cutback of incentives for drivers, which led to strikes.

The ride-hailing leaders are both trying to figure out the right balance between pursuing growth and finding a path to profitability. Uber has started a car leasing program in partnership with Mumbai-based Xchange Leasing, while Ola is reviving its own leasing subsidiary, Ola Fleet, in efforts to increase the supply of cars and woo drivers with a new business model.

Ola, Uber growth in India screeches to a halt in 2017 with fall in rides

Ola’s losses tripled to $360 million in FY 2015-16 on a revenue of $118 million, according to regulatory documents. It managed to raise fresh funding of $250 million from SoftBank last month at 30 percent lower than its peak valuation in 2015.


This is an excerpt from the article published on Tech in Asia. You can read the full article here image

Malavika Velayanikal | Tech in Asia

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