OLA Solo AI-powered scooter an April Fool’s Day Prank? : Bhavish Aggarwal Explains

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New Delhi: Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of OLA Cabs announced the launch of the new electric scooter Ola Solo on April 1. “Promised you a new product and here it is!

Presenting ‘Ola Solo – India’s first autonomous electric scooter.’ Solo is a fully autonomous, AI enabled and traffic smart scooter. Hail a ride or drive your own Solo. We will disrupt ride hailing and local commerce!

Another feat of our engineering team. Imagination -> reality. And great collaboration between @OlaElectric @Olacabs and @Krutrim!!” with a link directing to their official site.

Promised you a new product and here it is!

Presenting ‘Ola Solo – India’s first autonomous electric scooter.’ Solo is a fully autonomous, AI enabled and traffic smart scooter. Hail a ride or drive your own Solo. We will disrupt ride hailing and local commerce!

Another feat of… pic.twitter.com/QbCkvOhhZV

— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) April 1, 2024

Many took it as an April Fool’s Day prank, but Bhavish stepped in and posted today on X writing “Not just an April fools joke! We announced Ola Solo yesterday. It went viral and many people debated whether it was real or an April fools joke! While the video was meant to provide a laugh to people, the technology behind it is something we’ve been working on and have prototyped. It shows the kind of pioneering work our engineering teams are capable of. Ola Solo is a glimpse into the future of mobility and our engineering teams are working on autonomous and self-balancing tech in two wheelers which you’ll see if future products from us.”

Not just an April fools joke!

We announced Ola Solo yesterday. It went viral and many people debated whether it’s real or an April fools joke!

While the video was meant to provide a laugh to people, the technology behind it is something we’ve been working on and have… pic.twitter.com/4AUEqtPBGW

— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) April 2, 2024

The post has gained over 300K views. People took to the comments section to share their views and opinions.
An individual posted “If this becomes a reality of OLA will be untouchable in the Indian Market”, another user posted “Ola Solo isn’t just a one-time joke. It’s a step toward the future of getting around. Ola’s engineering teams are busy developing tech for self-driving & self-balancing motorcycles, setting the stage for future products that will change how we travel from one place to another.” Another user commented “I knew it was not an April fool joke. I saw this post as a sponsored ad from Bhavish yesterday. Bhavesh ‘Aggarwal’ wouldn’t spend on Ada just make an April Fools joke. It was clear to me.” with a smiley face emoji.

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