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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Volkswagen invests in Gett ride-sharing app
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Volkswagen invests in Gett ride-sharing app

Volkswagen has invested 300 million euros ($465 million) in ride-sharing-service Gett. The companies are yet to outline what joint activities the two firms will engage in once this investment has passed the necessary tests required by anti-trust authorities. According to Volkswagen, some of those details will be revealed next week...


Toyota invests in Uber, announces leasing program - UPDATED
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Toyota invests in Uber, announces leasing program - UPDATED

Overnight Uber and Toyota announced that they are partnering up, with the automaker also making a "strategic investment" in the ride-sharing firm. As part of today's announcement, Toyota will "create leasing options" for Uber drivers that are paid off through earnings from the ride sharing service...


Uber reveals driverless Ford Mondeo prototype
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Uber reveals driverless Ford Mondeo prototype

Ride-sharing giant Uber has just taken the wraps off its newest addition: a self-driving Ford Fusion, known here as the Mondeo. A product from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the hybrid Ford Fusion will be testing its self-driving capabilities while also collecting mapping data...


Victorian UberX driver's court win paves way for legalisation
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Victorian UberX driver's court win paves way for legalisation

Nathan Brenner, a 'driver-partner' with the disruptive ride-sharing company Uber, has won a landmark case that effectively legalises the service in Victoria. Brenner was fined $900 last year by the Victorian Taxi Services Commission for "operating without accreditation"...


Apple invests $1.3 billion into Chinese Uber rival
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Apple invests $1.3 billion into Chinese Uber rival

Tech giant Apple has announced that it is taking a $1.3 billion stake in ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, China’s own rival to Uber, marking the company’s first large-scale public move into the transportation industry. Didi Chuxing, formerly known as Didi Kuaidi, is China’s largest ride-hailing service...


UberX made legal in SA, but Uber may yet steer clear
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UberX made legal in SA, but Uber may yet steer clear

South Australia will soon join the growing list of states and territories that have made the controversial UberX ride-sharing service legal. In an announcement today, South Australian premier Jay Weatherill said that from July 1, travellers will be able to legally access the 'partner driver' Uber X service...


Uber proposes $150 permits in Victoria as govt explores taxi reform - report
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Uber proposes $150 permits in Victoria as govt explores taxi reform - report

Uber has reportedly asked the Victorian government to consider a $150 annual permit for drivers using its mobile app to accept trip requests from a growing number of users. Although the New South Wales and Western Australia governments announced major taxi industry reforms last week that will legalise ‘ride-sharing’ services like UberX, Victoria has yet to reveal plans...


WA govt reveals Taxi reform plans for 2016, UberX to be made legal
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WA govt reveals Taxi reform plans for 2016, UberX to be made legal

The Western Australia government has followed New South Wales today in announcing its intention to introduce sweeping changes to the state’s taxi industry, making UberX and other ride-sharing services legal. But, while the changes announced for NSW are effective as of today, Western Australia’s new regulations and legislation will not be introduced until July 2016...


Uber legalised in NSW, WA to follow today: Compensation confirmed for taxi owners
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Uber legalised in NSW, WA to follow today: Compensation confirmed for taxi owners

The New South Wales government has announced a series of sweeping changes to the state’s taxi and hire car industry, in the process legalising the controversial UberX ride-sharing service. The news is expected to be followed by a similar announcement in Western Australia, where a spokesperson for the government has confirmed that UberX service’s newly legal status will be detailed later today...


Uber to go legal in NSW from December - report
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Uber to go legal in NSW from December - report

The Uber service will soon be made legal in New South Wales, according to a new report with the Daily Telegraph. Uber has long described its mobile app-based service as a platform to connect commuters with independent drivers - referred to as "partners" - but current laws in most regions of Australia make it illegal to operate as an UberX driver...


Victorian Taxi Association backs off anti-Uber campaign in favour of service reform
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Victorian Taxi Association backs off anti-Uber campaign in favour of service reform

The head of Victoria’s peak body for taxis has confirmed that the body will redirect its energies away from a long-running campaign against ride-sharing service Uber, focusing instead on reviewing the industry's services. Speaking with The Guardian this week, Victorian Taxi Association chief executive, David Samuel, said that in the face of growing competition, taxi services must do more to hear and respond to the needs of its customers...


Uber Australia: 10 million rides can't be wrong
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Uber Australia: 10 million rides can't be wrong

Uber Australia has announced a local milestone with the company celebrating its 10 millionth UberX passenger ride since launching less than two years ago, despite a huge cloud of controversy locally over its operation. Although the company's rapid acceptance with the commuting public over such a short period is impressive, the milestone is made even more notable by the fact that legislation in most regions makes it illegal to drive for for the UberX program...


ACCC moves to block taxi industry’s Uber-rivalling iHail app
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ACCC moves to block taxi industry’s Uber-rivalling iHail app

The taxi industry’s latest effort to tackle ride-sharing services, a new app called iHail, could soon be blocked after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) this week detailed concerns over its impact on competition in the market. The iHail app is a joint venture project developed by Yellow Cabs, Silver Top Taxi Service, Black and White Cabs, Suburban Taxis and Cabcharge...


New legislation welcomes Uber rollout in ACT
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New legislation welcomes Uber rollout in ACT

The ACT has announced legislation that will welcome Uber and other ride-sharing services to Canberra from October 30. This morning’s confirmation makes the ACT the first state or territory in Australia to introduce regulations encouraging the rollout of ride sharing, with most others being resistant and hostile to Uber in particular...


NSW: UberX drivers cop licence suspensions as state cracks down on ride-sharing
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NSW: UberX drivers cop licence suspensions as state cracks down on ride-sharing

The New South Wales Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has brought the hammer down on ride-sharing company Uber, handing down three-month licence suspensions for 40 participating UberX drivers. RMS director of safety and compliance, Peter Wells, said that ride-sharing services are illegal and that the government is now taking action against drivers...


UberX prices up 10 per cent as Uber challenges ATO's GST ruling in the Federal Court
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UberX prices up 10 per cent as Uber challenges ATO's GST ruling in the Federal Court

Ride-sharing company Uber has increased prices of its UberX service by 10 per cent after the Australian Taxation Office announced that drivers must begin paying GST from August 1. In a statement, Uber announced that it had begrudgingly increased the price of its UberX service in line with the ATO’s new ruling, but confirmed that it was also challenging its position in the Federal Court of Australia...


Why Uber is killing the Taxi business
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Why Uber is killing the Taxi business

I liken taxi companies to pure print publications in that they have both failed to advance with the times and are now paying the price of stiff, sophisticated and modern-age digital competition. But unlike print publications, which will always have their intrinsic physical virtues, there’s really nothing saving the classic taxi and its driver from complete and utter extinction...


Uber launches UberAssist service for customers requiring extra assistance
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Uber launches UberAssist service for customers requiring extra assistance

Uber Australia has announced the launch of a service called UberAssist, designed to provide trained drivers that help customers with extra assistance and special needs. The company says that its top driver partners will receive the required training to deal with and assist passengers requiring unique access requirements...


Taxi! Uber goes exotic for Melbourne F1
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Taxi! Uber goes exotic for Melbourne F1

Controversial ride-share company Uber is getting into the spirit of the upcoming Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix by offering folks free rides around the Albert Park circuit in some pretty heavy-hitting exotic metal. The private transport group is giving 20 people the chance to roll through Melbourne's 5...