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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 26

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 presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Uber legalised in Victoria, levy planned for taxi licence buy-back
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Uber legalised in Victoria, levy planned for taxi licence buy-back

Ride-sharing service Uber has received the green light in Victoria for its ride-sharing Uber X service, as part of the state government’s plans to regulate the commercial passenger vehicle industry. Although it's a widely-used service, Uber had not received official approval from the Victorian government until this week...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 19
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 19

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 presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Volvo and Uber team up to work on autonomous vehicles
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Volvo and Uber team up to work on autonomous vehicles

Overnight Volvo and Uber announced that they will join forces to develop the next generation of autonomous vehicles. According to Volvo, the two companies will "establish a joint project that will develop new base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in [autonomous driving] technologies, up to and including fully autonomous driverless cars"...


Uber to go legal in QLD from September 5, Premier announces on social media
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Uber to go legal in QLD from September 5, Premier announces on social media

Ride-sharing service Uber will be made legal in Queensland from early September, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing the move on Facebook this week. Queensland's legalisation of ‘ride-booking’ companies such as Uber is part of numerous reforms which will include a $100 million industry assistance package, and a universal set of rules and regulations for taxi and ride-sharing operators...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 13: Jeep design boss chat, Model X SUV priced, right-lane hogs, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 13: Jeep design boss chat, Model X SUV priced, right-lane hogs, and much more

Welcome to episode 13 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, it's Paul Maric and Mandy Turner discussing the latest CarAdvice news and reviews from across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market. As always, expect shenanigans...


Washington DC might use taxi, Uber cars to handle some 911 cases
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Washington DC might use taxi, Uber cars to handle some 911 cases

Washington DC's government is considering employing taxis and Uber vehicles to handle non-emergency calls to its 911 hotline in order to reduce the workload on its ambulance and fire crews. Gregory Dean, chief of the city's fire and emergency medical services, told the local NBC affiliate: "We are working with the health department to find other ways to transport people, such as using a contract taxi cab or Uber...


Hyundai Ioniq to take on Toyota for Uber partnership in Europe
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Hyundai Ioniq to take on Toyota for Uber partnership in Europe

Hyundai is looking to entice Uber drivers to its Ioniq electric vehicle (EV) in an effort to take over Toyota’s hold on the ride-sharing service. In May, Toyota announced a partnership with the ride-sharing monolith, establishing a special fleet program to sell Toyota and Lexus vehicles to Uber drivers...


Uber’s new app monitors driver behaviour to improve road safety
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Uber’s new app monitors driver behaviour to improve road safety

Ride-sharing giant Uber has announced some new features for its smartphone app that will allow the company to monitor how its drivers behave on the road to help improve safety. The new ‘safety pilots’ are the product of Uber’s partnership with the US Government's Highway Safety Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), aiming to improve rider and driver safety when using an Uber service...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27
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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...


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...