Box of Secrets
Finally the section that everyone’s been waiting for! Sharing a little bit about what’s in the works on OTA and App Updates, and Ather Grid.
The highlight feature of the next OTA is theft and tow detection. Something that a lot of you are asking for, this will alert you if someone tries to mess with your Ather 450. As an owner, a lot of us are unsure of parking in shady locations and this will give you some peace of mind. You’ll get an alert if someone tries moving or lifting your vehicle. This, along with the remote location tracking on the App, you can park anywhere worry-free.
Upcoming App Update
A major redesign of the app is in works. @chaitanya.hegde notes that there are a lot of features underway. We’re not happy with the design and layout of the current app. You can expect a new version of the app around the time Ather 450X deliveries begin. We’ll of-course be doing beta programs and early access before the full rollout.
Share ride statistics
Ride statistics on the app are pretty insightful on how you ride the 450. There are a lot of us who love showing those long rides or achievements off, but it’s quite cumbersome. You have to scratch out the start and end locations and crop the screenshot. We’re working on a way you can get a card with your important ride data, that you can share on social media and on the forum!
Here’s a small sneak peek of what it’ll look like:
Ather Grid updates
Yes, we know we promised many many locations in Chennai and Bangalore. Over the last year, there have been some roadblocks in making this happen, but we have a solid plan.
New pan-India partners
We’ve signed deals with a few pan India partners, who’s locations we can leverage for Ather Grid points.
PPZ (Mall Management Company)
These partners would help us scale up Ather Grid in newer cities, and add points in Chennai and Bangalore as well.
Updates on Ather Grid locations in Chennai and Bengaluru
Over the last few months, a few of our hosts had to shut down their businesses due to the pandemic. A few of the locations needed repairs but we haven’t been able to send personnel to the locations to fix them. The Ather 450X is also coming soon, which means the points are also getting upgraded. We’re getting new hardware to enable charging at 15km/10mins for the 450X. The newer hardware also makes it more reliable and has 4G inbuilt.
Here are the new locations in Chennai and Bangalore. They are subject to final installation, but we’ll make sure to update if this changes.
New locations in Bangalore:
IDC Kitchen, New BEL Road
Cross Roads Inn, JP Nagar (live)
Khelo Badminton, Uttarahalli (live)
Cafe Olive Planet, Yelahanka (live)
New locations in Chennai:
Chai Kings, Porur
Varsha Jewellers, Ambattur
Indian Terrain, Chrompet
Sangeetha Mobiles, Selayur
VR Chennai, Anna Nagar
And, Ather Grid will continue to be free for a while. We also won’t be making Ather Charge available, so even those not on any subscription plan can make use of the Grid.
We want more feedback on the locations, the hosts, and the convenience of Ather Grid. So continue to use them, and try them out if you haven’t already.