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Earlier today, Uber rolled out a fleet of its not-really-self-driving cars in San Francisco. A few hours later, one the XC90s — a Volvo equipped with seven cameras, laser detection systems and slew of other expensive stuff — appears to have completely ignored a red light on a busy, multi-lane street.

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Uber is getting its first proper update in five years. The completely redesigned app will let Uber passengers quickly choose their destination — including shortcuts for regular trips, your calendar appointments, and to meet up with any friends that also use the app. It'll also show you how much you'll pay upfront, and give you a reasonably accurate guess at when you'll get to where you want.

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Uber is partnering with the car-sharing service Maven (which is owned and operated by General Motors) to let Uber drivers rent GM vehicles on a weekly basis. The business will cost drivers $US179 ($234) plus taxes and fees, and driver will not incur any extra fees for using the car for personal use.

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Following a launch in Melbourne in April and Sydney in August, UberEATS is finally making its way to the other areas of Australia already well-served by Uber ridesharing. Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. It's no surprise to hear that Uber is pushing all the way around Australia, too — Melbourne is one of the most popular cities for UberEATS in the world, and a particular Greek wrap from George Calombaris' Jimmy Grants is the world's most popular UberEATS delivery.

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Lyft — the ridesharing app that is unavailable in Australia — does something a lot of tech companies do: It runs a blog. It's where the company publicly celebrates its own excellence, for things like new features and anniversaries. It's also where, earlier this month, a story appeared praising one of the company's drivers for picking up a rider while en route to the hospital to give birth.