If you are thinking that using an @OlaCabs attached auto is going to be cost-effective, 8 in 10 times you might be wrong as a quick set of experiments confirmed us.

Unlike booking a cab, auto booking works like this.

1) Request Auto from the App after showing a broad estimate for the distance. For example it might show INR 29.
2) Request sent to a few autos in the neighborhood.
3) App goes into ‘Waiting for confirmation …’ mode. The auto drivers leave the apps to time out and the app complains no autos are there in the vicinity. Now the app says the prices are increased. The estimate shows INR 50 and now when the request is sent to the same set of drivers they confirm it.

Looks like even under auto aggregation, Chennai Auto drivers now every bit to extort the passengers.