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    Ola ditches Google Maps; introduces Ola Maps in India

    India’s leading ride-hailing service Ola has introduced a complete transition from Google Maps to its own mapping service, Ola Maps.  This move, revealed by Ola co-founder and chief executive officer Bhavish Aggarwal, marks the company’s departure from reliance on external mapping technologies towards bolstering its in-house capabilities.

    “After Azure exit last month, we’ve now fully exited google maps. We used to spend ₹100 cr a year but we’ve made that 0 this month by moving completely to our in house Ola maps! Check your Ola app and update if needed,” Aggarwal wrote on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. While details are still emerging, Ola’s chief noted that other features like street view, NERFs, indoor images, 3D maps, drone maps will also be introduced soon.

    Aggarwal also announced that Ola Maps API will be available for integration into third-party applications on both Android and iOS platforms. Meanwhile, the decision to develop Ola Maps comes on the heels of Ola’s recent move away from Microsoft Azure to its own cloud infrastructure. Ola Maps is built upon OpenStreetMap, an open-source map with a global community of contributors, supplemented by proprietary data from Ola itself.

    Transitioning to Ola Maps is expected to yield cost savings for Ola, as it eliminates the recurring expenses associated with Google Maps API usage. While this move involves initial deployment costs for hardware and software infrastructure, Ola anticipates long-term benefits in terms of operational efficiency and technological independence.

    Whether Ola Maps can rival Google Maps in terms of functionality and user base remains to be seen. However, its launch marks a noteworthy shift in the Indian tech landscape, potentially paving the way for a homegrown alternative in the navigation space.

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    Monika Asthana

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