So what exactly is Move OS 2.0?
Move OS 2.0 is a major software update to the software system of Ola Electric’s S1 and S1 Pro scooters. The new Move OS 2.0 brings a host of changes that include a new driving mode (Eco) for better range, in-car navigation and cruise control, among others.
We tested the new features on an S1 Pro lent by Ola Electric. Let us break it down for you…
The biggest change from Move OS 2.0 comes in the form of a new drive mode – Eco. In Eco mode, Ola claims a range of 170 kilometers for the S1 Pro. Riders can activate Eco mode by long pressing the electric scooter’s mode selector button (marked with lightning).
In our testing, switching the S1 Pro to Eco mode coupled throttle response, meaning we didn’t get the kick off the line that’s typically present in other modes when we we twisted the throttle.
Luckily, Ola doesn’t put on an artificial speed limiter when Eco mode is on, so you’ll be able to go fast. However, reaching these speeds will just take a little longer.
Ola recommends riding at speeds up to 45 km/h for the best range, which we found perfect for riding around town. During our brief testing period, we found that the S1 Pro offered a bit better range in Eco mode. Given that many cyclists have already covered over 200 km on a single charge, we find Ola Electric’s claims to be quite believable.
Ola Electric’s new Move OS 2.0 update brings with it in-car navigation thanks to MapMyIndia. The new navigation screen can be accessed by swiping left on the electric scooter’s large screen. The large full-screen layout is fantastic and easy to read.
To enter your location, all you have to do is type in the location using the on-screen keyboard which is large enough for even those with the fattest fingers to use easily.
On the go, we found MapMyIndia’s navigation system to be accurate most of the time. However, we noted that the GPS was a little slow to respond at times. Also, the accuracy of the navigation system depends on the network connection available for the built-in sim connection.
Cruise control is a first-class feature that arrives for the Ola Electric S1 Pro scooter with the new Move OS 2.0 update. Owners can activate the new cruise control feature on the S1 Pro in Normal, Sport, and Hyper modes by pressing the Cruise/Reverse button (top right button on the left D Pad between 20-80km/ h.
The cruise control icon illuminates green whenever the function is activated. If the cyclist slips below or above the prescribed speed limits, the icon turns orange to indicate the unavailability of the function. In order to improve the safety of the function, any action on the brakes or regenerative braking or any change in throttle input when the function is active will also deactivate the cruise control. During our time with S1 Pro, the new cruise control feature worked like a charm, allowing us to navigate without any worries.
Music on the go
The fun part of Move OS 2.0 comes in the form of Music On The Go. The Music On The Go turns your Ola electric scooter into a portable boombox allowing owners to play music through the built-in speakers. Owners can pair their phones with their scooters via Bluetooth and listen to their favorite tunes on the go through your phone’s media player or any music streaming app to play music on the scooter.
Bluetooth connectivity is brilliant and we found the S1 Pro connects to our devices seamlessly once the first pairing process is complete. The device can be used to control volume and to play/pause. We found the speakers to be tiny with high treble and barely perceptible bass.
Anything else I should know?
The new Move OS 2.0 also brings a few other changes, including the ability to lock/unlock electric scooters using the companion app. This is useful for those who are in a rush to get around.
Final Thoughts on Ola Electric’s Move OS 2.0 Update
Ola Electric’s Move OS 2.0 software update brings a host of much needed upgrades to Ola’s line of electric scooters. The new Eco mode should help reduce range anxiety issues, while cruise control and on-board navigation should make driving around town easier.
The new music feature looks a bit fancy while the companion app adds more functionality to the overall experience. All in all, it can be said that the Move OS 2.0 software update was totally worth the wait and customers should update their scooters as soon as the option becomes available.