Homegrown messaging service Hike today announced a partnership with Ola. As part of the partnership, Hike has integrated the cab aggregator’s service into its messaging platform. Here’s how it will work for Hike users. Also Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsAppAlso Read - How to archive chats on WhatsApp in simple steps
Hike users will be able to book Ola cabs or autos across 110 cities in the country without ever leaving the messaging app. They can also pay through Hike Wallet or in cash. You will have all cab options available with the integration including Ola Auto, Micro, Mini, Prime, Prime Play, Prime SUV, and Ola Lux. However, rentals and outstation options will not be present. Also Read - WhatsApp's upcoming feature to let users transfer chats from iOS to Android
To book a cab using Hike, ensure you are on the latest version of the app. Simply go to the ‘Me’ tab to access services, and tap on Ola. Similar to how you would book a cab using the native Ola app, you can start the booking process from Hike’s interface.
You will have the same experience as the main Ola app including setting pick up and drop locations, ride tracking, driver details, and more. To pay for the ride, you can simply use the existing Hike Wallet. This feature does not require you to do a separate setup. Another highlight of Ola on Hike is that it weighs less than 1MB to ensure lighter footprint on your device.
Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike, said, “We are delighted to partner with Ola to bring taxi and auto bookings to our users on Hike, a first in a messaging app in India. We ve made the experience incredibly simple with no need for a login and payments available through the Hike Wallet. We re really excited by the potential of this.”
Hike has also extended its list of services to include booking of bus tickets through the app. The feature will be available across 6,000 cities through more than 3,000 operators across India. Other features include the ability to pay utility bills for electricity, gas, DTH, and landline across 60 operators. These services will be live from February 14, 2018. The latest integration of services arrives on the heels of rival WhatsApp adding a UPI-based payments feature to its app in a bid to grab a larger chunk of the userbase by offering more than just a platform for messaging.