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You Can Now Catch An Uber From Your Public Transport App

If you use the public transport app TripGo, you’ll now be able to see real time ridesharing and public transport data — so you can time your Uber booking with your train or bus connection.


Uber Drivers In The US Are Now Selling Solar Panels During Rides

I hope you like talking to your Uber driver, because things could be getting a lot chattier during rides soon. Geostellar, an online marketplace for solar panels, is testing an unusual sales tactic by enlisting Uber and Lyft drivers to sell panels to riders.


Man Claims Uber Laughed At Him When He Tried To Report Sexual Assault 

A New York man says he was laughed at by an operator at Uber’s emergency hotline after reporting that he was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver this month. The operator later hung up after refusing to refer the man to her manager. The driver has since been banned from the platform.


Lyft Thinks It's 'Exciting' That A Driver Was Working While Giving Birth

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.


The ACCC Is Making Sure Uber And Airbnb Reviews Are Legit

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is assessing the review policies of “sharing economy platforms”, such as Uber and Airbnb, as part of an international initiative targeting online reviews and endorsements.


Lyft Says Self-Driving Cars Will Dominate The Road In Five Years

Lately, Uber has been gobbling up all of the self-driving car attention with its launch of an experimental program in Pittsburgh. But Lyft wants you to know that it shouldn’t be counted out. In a manifesto published this morning on Medium, the rideshare company’s co-founder, John Zimmer, outlined his vision of the future.


You Can Now Schedule An Uber Ride Up To A Month In Advance

The big advantage that taxis in Australia have — or had — over Uber was the ability to organise a ride ahead of time, by calling ahead. But, like the rest of the crumbling monopoly of the taxi industry in Australia, Uber is taking that away. From today, Uber’s Scheduled Rides feature will begin to roll out across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and will let customers book a ride anywhere from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance.


Is Google's New Ride-Sharing Service An Uber Killer?

Google is launching what’s being called an Uber competitor in San Francisco, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. Google is focusing on carpooling (and not a taxi service) that will let commuters share rides for an even cheaper rate than Uber does.


Spotted: A Self-Driving Uber In Pittsburgh

Hey, look! Pictures of self-driving Ubers are starting to emerge from Pittsburgh. Uber announced the launch earlier this month. While the cars do indeed drive themselves, there’s still going to be a human at the wheel. Which is probably a good idea!


$2 Per Ride Levy To Help Fund Victoria's New Ride-Sharing Legislation

Over the next two years, the current licencing regime for taxis, hire cars and ride share services in Victoria will be scrapped. All existing licenses will be removed, as will the knowledge test. In its place will be a new system of “industry accountability”.

A $378 million fund will be available to existing drivers to help with the transition to the new system, which is being partially funded by a $2 per trip levy. That’s right, Victorians, you’ll soon be paying two dollars extra a ride.


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