Canberra’s new ride-sharing rules welcomed by Uber

Uber says ACT’s new regulations will underpin its own which ‘are of a higher standard than the taxi industry’, but it will not ‘put cabs out of business’

Uber has welcomed the introduction of regulations for ride-sharing services in the Australian Capital Territory, saying the new rules simply underpin its existing annual driver background checks and vehicle inspections.

Related: NRMA urges governments to regulate Uber and other ride-sharing services

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UK mobile ad spend ‘to overtake print and TV’

eMarketer report forecasts British mobile ad spend will increase by 45% this year to £3.26bn and rise by another 35% next year to £4.4bn

The explosion in the popularity of handheld devices will see mobile advertising overtake the £2.6bn newspaper and magazine market this year, and leapfrog TV to become the biggest ad medium in the UK, according to a new forecast.

Mobile ad spend is expected to increase by 45% this year to £3.26bn in the UK, easily surpassing the £2.67bn that will be spent on print advertising across national and local newspapers and magazines, according to a report published on Wednesday by eMarketer.

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Rwanda chosen for world’s first ‘drone-port’ to deliver medical supplies

British architect Norman Foster proposes drones which would fly from three ports from 2020, delivering ‘precious supplies to remote areas’

It sounds like science fiction: unmanned drones carrying emergency medicine zooming above the rolling hills of Rwanda.

But there are proposals – including one by the eminent British architect Norman Foster – to set up “cargo drone routes capable of delivering urgent and precious supplies to remote areas on a massive scale”, and the East African nation of Rwanda has been chosen as a test case.

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NRMA urges governments to regulate Uber and other ride-sharing services

Motoring body says Uber is ‘here to say’ as the ACT becomes first jurisdiction to announce rules for prospective drivers

Related: Uber proves 40% cheaper than Sydney taxis and more reliable in Choice test

The NRMA says Uber is “here to stay” and is urging state governments to regulate all ride-sharing services as the Australian Capital Territory becomes the first jurisdiction to announce rules for prospective drivers.

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