Ola will begin inviting private vehicle owners and driver partners to work with it in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, with plans to start commercial operations in the country in early 2018, the startup said in a statement.
Rival Uber's presence in Australia could potentially help Ola because regulations for such services are in place and drivers are already aware how the system works, said Satish Meena, senior analyst at research firm Forrester.
"Cab sharing isn't very new anymore and everyone is ready, but Ola may find it more expensive to lure customers and drivers initially," Meena said.
Ola, founded in 2011, has been locked in a fierce battle with Uber for a bigger piece of India's $12 billion (roughly Rs. 76,000 crores) taxi market. It has a majority share in the country's ride-hailing market with operations in more than 110 cities.
Japan's SoftBank Group is the biggest investor in both Ola and Uber.
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