Ride-sharing service Ola is now available in Adelaide after launching in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and the Gold Coast earlier this year. Founded in India in 2011, more than 40,000 drivers now use the platform in Australia.

Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati are the minds behind the global service that is favoured by 125 million people in India and more than one million drivers across 110 cities.

To mark its Adelaide launch, Ola is offering new customers one free ride up to the value of $20. The deal is available for one week from the date of sign-up.

Ola is also offering a competitive introductory rate for Adelaide drivers who sign up now; it will take a 7.5 per cent commission per fare for 30 days. After that period the commission jumps to 15 per cent. By comparison, Uber takes 25 per cent.

In terms of useability, the app is much the same as Uber. Riders can select their pick-up and drop-off locations and save frequent destinations and pick-up locations as favourites. Like Uber, riders will pay a base fare of $2.20 with a 55-cent booking fee.

The app can be downloaded on Google Play or from the App Store. Drivers can register here for free.

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