Netizens Poke Holes In Ola Founder's 'India-Specific' Narrative As In-House Map Tool Bears Strong Resemblance To OpenStreetMaps

Netizens were amused after Ola founder Bhavish Aggarwal announced the firm’s decision to exit Google Maps and move to Ola Maps. Users on social media opined that Ola Maps seems to bear a strong resemblance to Openstreet maps.

What Happened: On July 6, Ola said it is moving from Google Maps to Ola Maps after its Azure exit. The company offered free access to Ola maps to developers for one year. Aggarwal said, “We've been using western apps to map India for too long and they don't get our unique challenges: street names, urban changes, complex traffic, non-standard roads etc.”

Users on social media claimed Ola Maps was not made using Ola’s in-built technology but on top of OpenStreet Maps.

Several users shared pictures of Aggarwal with the quote “recreating what already exists won’t work”, a comment Aggarwal made while speaking about the shutdown of Koo, the homegrown social media app.

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The social media reactions mirror reactions to Ola’s launch of Krutrim AI chatbot’s beta version in February.

Aggarwal recently said that reports saying Tesla suspending its plans to invest in India will be the U.S. automaker’s loss and not India’s.

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