Ola plans to set up an Advanced Technology Centre in San Francisco Bay and build a team of over 150 engineers to work on technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles. Those engineers will work on developing "next-generation" technologies in mobility. The move is a part of Ola's global initiatives to further drive the mobility-led transformation to billions across the world. Ola said in a statement that its team of engineers will also collaborate closely with global teams in various geographies where Ola operates, it added.
"The centre will build cutting-edge technology solutions to accelerate Ola's ambitions across electric mobility and connected vehicles as well as lead futuristic experiments like autonomous vehicles," Ola said in its statement.
For this, Ola is looking to hire experts across artificial intelligence, machine learning, data sciences, engineering and product development.
Commenting on Ola's plans to further make inroads into San Francisco Bay with the Ola's Advanced Technology Centre, Ola co-founder and chief technology officer Ankit Bhati had this to say:
“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 are inspired to join us on. The Advanced Technology Center will be the centre-point of transformative mobility technology in the time to come. We are committed to building world-class mobility innovations and look forward to working with people who are as passionate as we are about building mobility for a billion people.”
Meanwhile, this is what Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal had to say on Twitter:
"Exciting times @Olacabs as we launch our first Advanced Technology Center in the San Francisco Bay Area! Look forward to working with the best of global talent as we build the future of mobility technology for India and the world."
Headquartered in Bengaluru, Ola has a presence in 150 cities across India, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, serving more than 150 million users and completing over a billion rides annually.
(With PTI inputs)