Despite many customers having issues with Ola Electric’s S1 Pro, the electric scooter made its way into the top 10 best-selling scooters. The S1 Pro is currently the only electric scooter capable of this.
Ola Electric is also working to fix the issues. Being an electric scooter, the S1 Pro can receive software updates just like our mobile phones. They recently rolled out the Move OS 2.0 for the users. The new update would fix quite a few bugs and also add new features that were disabled until now.
By now you must have seen a lot of ride reviews of the Ola S1 Pro. So, this review will focus on all the changes that the Move OS 2.0 brings and what are the features of the electric scooter. So let’s talk about the problems that have been solved.
Suddenly range drops
Many users reported that the driving range of the scooter would suddenly decrease. Owners reported that the scooter’s battery would suddenly drop from 15 percent to 3 percent. Ola says Move OS 2 would solve this problem. In addition, we have not encountered this problem. For us, the range was consistent and accurate.
Facing errors and delays in unlocking/locking
Users reported that there was a noticeable delay in locking and unlocking the scooter. Now the scooter will give you a warning if the scooter is not locked or unlocked properly. The screen will display a prompt that says “Scooter is partially locked” or “Scooter is partially unlocked”. One problem we faced was that sometimes the trunk would not open from within the application nor from the touch screen. It would say “Trunk is already open”, but it wasn’t.
Scooter goes backwards in forward mode
We also saw multiple videos of the scooter going backwards despite being in forward drive mode. This has also caused some accidents. Ola has also fixed this issue with the new update.
Features of Move OS 2
Ola Electric has enabled the cruise control function with the Move OS 2. We have used the cruise control and it works as it should. It functions between the speeds of 20 km/h and 80 km/h and is deactivated as soon as you give any input to the scooter.
Every time you turn the cruise control on or off, a beep sounds through the speakers. If the icon is not present, it means that the cruise control is not active.
There is an indicator on the screen. If the icon is green, it means the cruise control is active. If the icon is orange, it means that the cruise control is not available for some reason. The reason why the cruise control is not available is that the scooter is not at the ideal speed or you are in Eco mode. The cruise control function does not work in Eco mode for some reason.
You now have a mobile companion application with the scooter. It’s called “Ola Electric”. Through the application you can lock/unlock the scooter and open the trunk. The application also shows the driving range in each driving mode.
You can also see the charging status, mileage and software version of the scooter. The application is decent, but it lacks geo-fencing and vehicle tracking features, which is a bit of a shame.
Navigation on board
The scooter now also supports onboard navigation via MapmyIndia maps. The user interface is smooth for the most part. You can type your navigation and the maps will appear on your home screen as you navigate. However, we found that the maps don’t work every time. It takes a lot of time to load or sometimes just refuses to load. However, there is a solution. Ola will upgrade the hardware if the user voluntarily chooses to do so and that should solve the problems with the GPS.
Play music through speakers
Move OS 2.0 has also enabled music playback through the scooter’s built-in speakers. So you need to connect the mobile phone to the scooter and then simply play music from your mobile phone.
You can skip the next track, go to the previous/next track, increase the volume, decrease the volume and pause playback using the D-pad buttons on the right. What can be annoying is that the scooter automatically starts playing music when the phone connects.
The new software update also brought a new driving mode. This is called Eco mode and extends the scooter’s range to about 170 km. The top speed is limited to just 40 km/h. Eco mode can be activated by long pressing the driving mode button. It seems a bit odd that the Eco mode is hidden and the rider has direct access to the Hyper mode.
Other things that struck us are that there are still no voice commands and user profiles. Although you can connect to the mobile phone, your notifications are not displayed on the screen and there are no call notifications.
There are also no hazard lights. Features like reverse assist and USB port are nice to have. Overall, Move OS 2 is an upgrade over Move OS 1, as it enables quite a few features that were previously promised. Moreover, it also fixes some important issues reported by the users. Ola can still add more features and fix the bugs as it is an electric scooter and only requires a software upgrade.