Ola expands 'Play' to Prime users

Cab aggregator Ola today expanded Ola Play -- its connected car platform -- to users of its Prime category cabs.

The Bengaluru-based company had launched Ola Play about two months ago, offering it to select users.

"After two months of exclusive access to Ola Select customers, Prime Play is now available for booking for all Ola customers. Ola Select (premium subscription product), witnessed a growth of over 300 per cent in this period," Ola said in a statement.

General Motors adapts $1b recipe for "tough" Indian market

After an 18-month review, General Motors Co is nearer to resolving a raft of issues that have hobbled its $1 billion strategy for India, one of the fastest growing emerging markets for automobiles.
The strategy, announced in July 2015, includes selling one of its two Indian assembly plants to a Chinese partner; changing its vehicle platform to provide a product line-up better suited to the local market; and making India an export hub, two Asia-based people with knowledge of the plans told Reuters in Detroit this month. They did not want to be named as the review is ongoing.

Ashok Leyland’s two new ICV, LCV trucks

Commercial vehicle major and Hinduja Group flagship, Ashok Leyland on Wednesday unveiled two new trucks in two different segments to strengthen its product offerings in the market. While ‘Guru’ is the company’s latest offering in the Intermediate Commercial Vehicle (ICV) segment to cater to demand in the 12T – 13T category, ‘Partner’ is a new Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) in the 6T – 7.2T segment.

Apple to ‘Make in India’

Worlds leading iPhone maker Apple may finally set up manufacturing facility in India, with the government apparently agreeing to consider its request for incentives.
Information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday that India would consider Apple's request for incentives to invest in the country with an "open mind", signaling a change in government’s stance over the issue. "We will very much like Apple to come and have a base in India," Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.

Eicher Polaris plans to drive Multix into Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

Eicher Polaris Pvt Ltd (EPPL), a 50:50 joint venture between Eicher Motors Ltd and Polaris Industries Inc of the US, is keen on tapping the neighbouring markets of Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and eventually Africa with its maiden personal utility vehicle –Multix - suitable for India and other emerging markets, catering to the needs of independent businessmen. India has more than 5.8 crore of small independent businessmen and the company, at present, is focusing on this large segment, top company officials said.

The mystery of American’s ailing flight attendants

From oozing blisters and wheezing to rashes, itchy eyes, and sore throats, numerous American Airlines Group Inc flight attendants say their new work uniforms are making them sick.
But after a battery of tests and a tense back-and-forth among their union, the airline, and the uniform supplier, it's still not clear what exactly is behind the rise in health complaints.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), which represents flight attendants for American, has asked the carrier to recall the new garments, which went to 70,000 employees starting in September.

You’ve never seen anything like this $98,000 watch

Every year, the avant-garde watchmakers at MB&F come up with a new “Horological Machine,” a timepiece that is meant to change the way we mark—and think about—the passage of time. They’re often Star Trek-looking devices, that will have you peering into their sides to find out what hour it is, or piecing it together through a series of bulbous, walleyed indicators. One looked like the exhaust pipe of a rocket ship, and another was designed to evoke a 1970s-era turntable.

Reliance Group, Invest India to organise Rs20-lakh IoT contest

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group's Internet of Things arm Unlimit along with government's investment promotion arm Invest India have joined hands to organise the first-ever IoT contest in the country.
"One of the objectives of the 'Startup India Hub' of Invest India is to facilitate and support budding entrepreneurs across the country. Relevant contests like 'Inerthrone' will encourage innovation in the IoT space and provide a platform to start-ups," Invest India
said in a joint statement.

Suzlon hits 10,000mw mark in installation

Wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy, the sixth largest player globally, has reached the 10,000 megawatt (mw) mark of cumulative wind energy installations in Asia’s third biggest economy.
This milestone has been achieved over the last two decades during which it installed over 7,500 wind turbines across India.
“Suzlon's 10,000 mw of wind installation is capable of powering over 5 million households per annum and offsets 21.5 million tonnes of CO2 emission annually which is equivalent to planting over 1,500 million trees,” the Pune-headquartered company said.

Toyota begins road safety programme for taxi drivers

Standing tall to is mission of safest cars and safest drivers, and to improve road safety, Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Monday inaugurated driver training programme and health check-up camp for airport taxi drivers.
The move, according to the company, aims at engaging and educating airport taxi drivers about traffic safety challenges along with ensuring that they are healthy enough to be on the roads for long time.
The company said in a release that that it is crucial for the drivers to be more responsible and less vulnerable when they are at work.