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I'm Surprised It Took This Long To Make An Uber-Booking App

Uber is all about increasing efficiency in the economy, which is why I’m amazed that the app has never had a book-a-car-for-later service. Luckily, a university student has changed all that.

Uber: You Can Tip Your Driver But You Really Shouldn't

After settling two big lawsuits where drivers claimed Uber did not allow them to accept tips, Uber agreed to not get in the way of the practice any more. There was even speculation that Uber might start encouraging the act. Today, the on-demand ride app has answered that speculation with an unequivocal middle finger to its drivers: “Tips are not included nor are they expected on Uber.”

The Government's Smart Cities Plan For Australia: Uber, Driverless Cars, And Clean Energy

The Turnbull government’s newly announced Smart Cities Plan name-checks the “sharing economy” and hints at a vision of the future where Australia’s major cities are dragging kicking and screaming into the 21st century with ride-sharing services like Uber and GoGet, the proliferation of autonomous vehicles and buildings that use energy more efficiently.

Uber Is Charging People For Making Drivers Wait Two Minutes

You might want to hurry out the door a little faster if you live in Dallas, New Jersey, New York or Phoenix, where Uber is testing stricter penalties for keeping drivers waiting and cancelling rides.

Uber's $US84M Settlement Keeps Drivers As Contractors

Uber has announced that it has just settled two class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts for a cool $US84 million ($109 million). And for that princely sum, Uber gets to keep its drivers as contractors, rather than employees.

In Two Years Every Shitty Movie Will Be About Uber

Did you want a movie about Uber? No? Too bad! You’re getting two!

Sydney Airport Has Lifted Its Ban On UberX

It’s finally happening! Soon (very soon, hopefully) a dedicated area for UberX drivers to collect passengers will be set up, as Sydney Airport confirms it has lifted the ban on ride-sharing services operating from its terminals.

UberEats (Uber For Food) Launches In Melbourne Today

As Australia’s most famous foodie destination, Melbourne will become only the third international city in the world to get its hands on the new standalone UberEATS app.

UberEATS will launch today on iOS and Android, and Melburnians will be able to choose from hundreds of dishes from over 80 of Melbourne’s best restaurants, including Super Normal, Gazi, Pidapipo, Serotonin and Jimmy Grants — and have it delivered directly to your door.

Uber: Government's 'Red Tape' Still Gets In The Way Of South Australian Launch

The South Australian Government today announced the legalisation of ride-sharing apps in the state, paving the ways for operators like GoCatch’s GoCar and of course, UberX.

Uber has received the news less than enthusiastically, stating “We will review the detail of the Government’s proposal and decide whether or not we launch uberX in South Australia. We hope the Government will consider the removal of arbitrary red tape, including unnecessary costs or time delays, that would prevent South Australians from being able to access flexible work when they need it.”

UberX Is Now Legal In South Australia, Taxi Drivers To Be Compensated

As of 1 July UberX, and other app-based ride sharing services, will be able to legally operate in South Australia.

In response to the impact this will have on the taxi industry, an “assistance package” has been put together by the Government, consisting of a $30,000 payment per taxi licence, $50 a week (for a maximum of 11 months) payment for licence lessees, and no new taxi licences to be issued for at least five years.

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