The introduction and eventual legalization of rideshare apps that allow users to connect with nearby drivers have changed the way we get around.
Ridesharing, along with carsharing, has even struck fear into the automotive industry that “millenials” aren’t interested in purchasing their own vehicle.
Additionally, location tracking and automatic record keeping provide riders a safer experience than hopping into any old car on the street.
But there will always be concerns about getting into a car with a stranger.
In order to try and allay some of these fears, Indian-born rideshare platform Ola recently introduced new safety features for its app.
The company has been trialing a new “one-time passcode” feature in Adelaide for the past month, and is now rolling out the feature nationally.
The feature is designed to improve rider and driver safety by ensuring the car you order is the one that arrives, and protecting drivers from picking up the wrong person.
Now, when you order a ride in the Ola app, you’ll receive a four-digit passcode.
When the driver arrives, you tell them the code, they enter it into their app, and the trip can begin.
“Coming out of India where safety is a huge issue, Ola has always had a focus on ensuring its riders and drivers are safe,” said Ola Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Simon Smith.
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