India’s Ola plans to set up tech development unit in San Francisco

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App-based cab aggregator Ola Thursday announced plans to set up a first of its kind Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) in San Francisco as it looks to build a team of over 150 engineers in the Bay Area to help ramp up its engineering and development operations.

With the sole focus on development of new tech capabilities and innovation in urban mobility, Ola’s Advanced Technology Center in the United States will look to on-board talent who will collaborate closely with global teams in various geographies where Ola operates.

Bengaluru-headquartered Ola has presence in 150 cities across India, and in other countries such as UK, Australia and New Zealand serving more than 150 million users and completing over a billion rides annually. Ola’s last international expansion was in April when it launched in Liverpool, Manchester and five other UK cities.

Ola’s development centre will look to develop technology solutions across Ola’s electric mobility and connected vehicles unit as well as lead experiments like autonomous vehicles. To achieve this, Ola is looking to hire experts across Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Sciences, Engineering and Product Development teams.

“We are very excited about launching Ola’s Advanced Technology Center in the Bay Area. The Valley and the talent ecosystem here are very conducive to the development of next-generation mobility solutions. This is also a big step in our journey as a global mobility player, with a mission that talent from around the world is inspired to join us on,” said Ankit Bhati, co-founder and chief technology officer of Ola, in a statement.

Currently Ola has four core operations, including Ola Electric, its electric vehicle arm and a cab leasing and fleet management arm set up under Ola Fleet Technologies. Besides, the company offers micro-insurance and online payment products under the Ola Financial Services arm, as well as Ola Food brand, which operates dark kitchens.

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