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As mentioned yesterday, Australian electronic payment systems typically don’t let taxi drivers ask for tips, wiping 5 per cent off driver revenues at a time of rising costs. Now the Australian Taxi Drivers Association has confirmed plans for its own app to booking and payments app after finding existing providers unable or unwilling to meet its demands. Association president Michael Jools says the app has taken a “couple of years” to build and will launch on July 1.
Lane splitting is a controversial topic. If you ride a bike, it’s great — it’s convenient, helps clear traffic congestion, and it’s (relatively) safe. If you’re in a car, stuck in gridlock, seeing a leathered-up guy or girl on a slick motorcycle zip past your window up to the traffic lights can be aggravating. The NSW Government is on the side of two wheels, though — it will allow motorcyclists to legally lane-filter across the state from July onwards.
Ford has been riding high on its SYNC infotainment system for years now. But now, the platform it developed in partnership with Microsoft is starting to show its age. It’s a good thing that SYNC2 is ready for launch: the new, practically buttonless infotainment system that relies almost entirely on your voice.
Although the 2014 Sydney Motor Show was cancelled in the middle of last year after a complete lack of support from manufacturers, there might be a ray of hope in the darkness for Australian car enthusiasts. It’s looking increasingly likely that a new motor show could be launched in Melbourne next year.
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In mid-1933, Ford Australia designer Lewis Bandt was forwarded a letter from the company boss. The letter, from a farmer’s wife in Gippsland, Victoria, complained that they couldn’t afford both a car and a truck, but wanted a vehicle that could do double duty for both stock work and visiting church on Sunday. Bandt got to work.