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Volkswagen partners with UniCar ride-sharing service

Volkswagen Australia has dipped its toes into the burgeoning ride-share market, joining forces with UniCar to become a preferred vehicle provider. The pilot program for the service commences this week at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, where UniCar will offer vehicles from the Volkswagen range to customers and drivers...

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General Motors says ride-sharing economy unlikely to affect sales

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Google's Waymo teams up with Lyft on self-driving cars - report

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