Ride-sharing giant Ola is now available in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, after earlier this year launching in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. Founded in India in 2011, more than 30,000 drivers now use the platform in Australia.

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

To mark its Queensland launch, for a limited time Ola is offering new customers in Brisbane and the Gold Coast one free ride up to $20 each for a week after sign-up.

For drivers, for a limited time Ola is offering a competitive introductory rate of 7.5 per cent commission per fare. After that period the commission jumps to 15 per cent. By comparison, Uber takes 25 per cent.

To use, 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 Taxify and Uber, riders will pay a base fare of $2 (or $3.10 for an SUV) with a 55 cent booking fee.

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Ola is planning to launch in Canberra, Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart later this year.

The app can be downloaded on Google Play or the App Store.

Drivers can register here for free.

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