How far have you taken your last Ola to? Office, the next city, at most a nearby state. But across the globe? Well, a bug in Ola’s Android app allowed users in India to book cabs all the way to the US, and surprisingly, the app also sent them the cab and driver details, no passport details required.
The glitch was first spotted by Ola user Rohit Menda on March 18, who posted images of an Ola booking made by his friend from Bangalore to North Korea. The ride appears to have been booked for an estimated fare charge of Rs 149,088, for a round trip of five days.
Menda highlighted the glitch to Ola through his post on Twitter. The company suggested him to restart his phone and check again. However, by then, the tweet fueled others to test just how far their Ola booking can take them. Some users attempted to book from India to China, US, and Saudi Arabia, moneycontrol reports.
— Rohit Menda (@dynamitedroid) March 17, 2018
— Rohit Menda (@dynamitedroid) March 20, 2018
Same here 😁 pic.twitter.com/fswUzNfljo
— Arunchandra C (@arunchandrac) March 19, 2018
— Kartik Gupta (@KartikG787) March 20, 2018
Users posted screenshots of their booking details tagging Ola. To which the company responded that it was looking at fixing the issue. However, the problem persisted when users continued to post details of such weird bookings.
— Abhishek Rajput (@_abhirajput) March 21, 2018
Just these out too😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/44mh6iWwJI
— Arun Kumar.S (@arun25980) March 21, 2018
भाई में लग्ज़री में जा रहा हूँ नॉर्थ कोरिया साथ मे चलेगा। 200 का ऑफ हैं कूपन मिला हैं। pic.twitter.com/yHs13MKgAw
— surendar singh (@karnimaa0) March 20, 2018
The report verifies the claims by booking a trip from India to a random location in China. Meanwhile, Ola issued a statement, in line with its humorous approch towards glitches, saying, “When we said we wanted to shoot for moon, we didn’t literally mean it 😉 However, while we fix this issue, you can always take a flight to another country.”
At the time of writing this, we tested on one of our Android devices, but the system did not pick any location outside of the country. It appears the issue has been since resolved. If you are willing to actually travel to other side of the country, it is advisable to take the regular route as Ola drivers have only yesterday concluded their strike and chances are there will be a surge in the prices.