The Telangana government and ANI Technologies-owned Ola Cabs, an app-based public transportation company, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to towards strengthening the traffic infrastructure in the city. The first pilot project proposed to be implemented under this MoU is the dynamic mapping of riding quality of major roads in Hyderabad through the network of vehicles operating on the app’s platform.
This data will be provided to respective departments of the Telangana government, which monitor road conditions and maintain their overall quality in Hyderabad. The intended outcome of this pilot is to reduce accidents due to potholes, monitor the quality of road construction, and prioritize road repair budget, said a press release from the state government on Monday.
This new partnership will see Ola, share ‘intelligent insights’ that enable the state to implement smart solutions to the mobility experience in the city, added the release. “With mobility playing a key role in the development of a city and our focus on building a comprehensive smart city plan for Hyderabad, these valuable data insights from Ola will pave the way towards building future-ready transport infrastructure," said Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, industries & commerce (I&C) and IT department, government of Telangana, in the release.
The intended outcome of the pilot project is to reduce accidents due to potholes, monitor the quality of road construction, and prioritize road repair budget. Speaking about the partnership, Sandeep Upadhyay, regional head, Ola said, “Over the past 6 years, Ola has gathered valuable data collected by cars, autos and two-wheelers that have clocked millions of kilometers on the Ola platform in the city of Hyderabad. Our partnership with the Government of Telangana is a step towards using these learnings for the public good, and we are confident that our efforts will complement the various initiatives already launched by the government to improve the city's traffic infrastructure."