Lexus, Telstra trialling V2X communications in Victoria

Lexus and Telstra are teaming up for a two-year connected vehicle trial in Victoria, as they seek to explore how the technology could help lower the …

Lexus and Telstra are teaming up for a two-year connected vehicle trial in Victoria, as they seek to explore how the technology could help lower the road toll.

The tests will see a pair of tweaked Lexus RX 450h SUVs communicating with each other through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) tech, and infrastructure using vehicle-to-X (V2X).

Some of the connected technologies that’ll be trialled include emergency electronic brake light, which warns drivers of other vehicles braking hard ahead, and in-vehicle speed warnings, which provides live data about changing speed limits to the driver.

The cars also support right-turn assist, designed to warn drivers if there are pedestrians or cyclists crossing the road at an intersection, and red-light violator warning – a system that notifies the driver if another connected car is likely to run a red ahead.

Curve speed warning offers advice on how fast you should go around a certain corner in adverse conditions, and slow/stopped vehicle warning alerts the driver to a potential rear-end collision up the road.

“The role of Lexus as an innovator and leader in the development of advanced safety and traffic-management technologies is central to our parent company’s global vision to reduce traffic fatalities to zero,” said Scott Thompson, Lexus Australia chief executive.

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Telstra, Lexus Australia to launch 4G mobile V2X service trial

Australian operator Telstra, in partnership with Lexus Australia, will start testing V2X communication services in cars on Australian roads. Powered by …
Australian operator Telstra, in partnership with Lexus Australia, will start testing V2X communication services in cars on Australian roads. Powered by Telstra’s 4GX network, the connected vehicle field trial using 4G mobile networks aims to test and demonstrate cellular V2X technology and driver assist features for a safer driving experience, Telstra said.

As part of this, Lexus Australia and Telstra have been awarded AUD 3.5 million in grant funding under the Victorian Government’s Towards Zero program to trial a deployment of advanced communications technology in Victoria. The project is called Advanced Connected Vehicles Victoria, or ACV2.

Telstra and Lexus Australia will trial connected vehicle safety systems including emergency braking alerts, in-vehicle speed limit compliance warnings, right-turn assist for vulnerable road users and warnings when surrounding vehicles are likely to violate a red light.

The trial will deploy two specially-equipped Lexus 450h F Sport luxury SUVs equipped with Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology. C-V2X that lets cars talk to each other, and the environment around them, via our 4G mobile network and via direct short-range wireless links.

This trial will use short-range 5.9 GHz radios based on 4G Cellular V2X technology, with a pathway and compatibility to future 5G solutions too, Telstra also said. Telstra will also be testing a specialised vehicle cloud, which coordinates messages between vehicles and connects them to services nearby, based on Ericsson services.

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Best Ride-Sharing Apps For Traveling

Considering ridership volume, Lyft is the second-largest carpooling service. Lyft has its presence in over 300 US cities like NY city, San Francisco, Los … Ride-Sharing Apps For Traveling

At the time when everybody is in a hurry, and you have no time to pay heed to even your personal priorities, booking a ride may become an arduous task. It can become more tiring during peak hours in the metro cities and not to forget the festive seasons, that time of the year can give you real nightmares at times.

As per a report by the International Energy Association projected released in 2012, there will be around 1.7 billion cars on the road by 2035 and rest you can imagine.

So, to get rid of all these hassles, you can shift on to app-based car service, which will cater you equally with sedan, SUV, or taxi. Currently, many companies have jumped into ridesharing landscape, and therefore, it has tightened up the choices for the user to pick the best one, according to his convenience.

Not all ridesharing services are the same, some vouch on their ride safety, and some flaunt their ride services, and then there are some brands, which focus on the cost factor. Therefore, all in all, you need to know about all the rideshare apps that are presently functional in your region, coupled with their benefits.

To help you to make a better decision, we have come up with a roundup of top ridesharing apps that will make your ride easy.

Types of Ridesharing Apps

On-demand rides


Uber is the most popular ridesharing app that can be availed 24/7. With its reliability and popularity, Uber has increased its foot-steps in over 630 cities across the globe and has a pool of over 7 million drivers.

For user convenience, Uber offers multiple payment options like credit, Android Pay, PayPal, and cash in selected cities. Also, Uber pricing is competitive most of the time, and there are low-fare options a certain period during the day, which makes it a favorite pick.

How Uber works:

  • Open the app and enter the location
  • The app will match the nearest driver and will share the user’s location
  • The user will get the driver’s picture, vehicle details, and live location
  • Once the ride is completed, rate the driver and pay

Depending upon the user riding convenience, the following are three most prominent ride services:

  • UberX: The most affordable individual option that allows the user to book the whole cab.
  • UberBLACK: If it’s a special occasion and you don’t want to miss on anything, go with this option, as it will bring high-end vehicle at your doorstep.
  • UberPOOL: As it sounds, the user can pool with other riders traveling in the same direction which ultimately brings down the fare to a considerable amount. The carpooling option provides a discounted option that is more useful for daily commuters.

Uber services

Apart from this, Uber also offers, sedan (uberXL), SUV (UberSUV), inter-city cabs and vehicles that can adjust big group.


Considering ridership volume, Lyft is the second-largest carpooling service. Lyft has its presence in over 300 US cities like NY city, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more. The carpooling car service has its international presence also in cities like Ottawa and Toronto.

The range of vehicles that it offers is from mid-sized Lyft autos and larger Lyft Plus cars. And to make the commuters life easier, Lyft allows demand-based pricing during the peak hours and a carpooling service known as Lyft Line. The ride-sharing app offers the user to go for a self-driving car too.

How Lyft Works

For safety purposes, Lyft employs thorough background check-up of all the Lyft drivers, including DMV checks. After getting the license to be on the road, the drivers with the highest rating are only allowed. And on the top of it, Lyft also provides$1M liability insurance.


Gett was formerly known as GetTaxi and is an Israel-based rideshare app. Gett caters to over 100 cities across Europe, including London, Moscow, and Tel Aviv and in the US, it covers only New York through its partner company, Juno. Both these companies have chalked out plans to expand their services in other parts of the world too.

Due to its user base, Gett is being compared to car service like Uber and Lyft. It covers 120 global cities. Its edge over other similar services is because of the company’s pricing policies that don’t charge the customer more even during busy hours.

Also, Gett’s payment procedure to the drivers is somewhat different to what others comply. The ridesharing service pays competitively hourly wage to the drivers. And by doing this, whatever the company is able to save, it’s pass on to riders.

Gett goes by the idea of “if you treat drivers better, they will treat riders better.”


Juno is relatively new to the industry and focuses on to ease the burden of its drivers. Right from compensation to working hours, the company takes care of it all. As compared to Uber, Juno only charges 10 percent of commission from the drivers, whereas, Uber charges 30 percent.

Going by Gett’s footsteps, Juno also focuses on driver’s convenience and follows “After all, a happy driver means a happy rider.”

Juno was kick-started by Talmon Marco in 2016 and came under the hood of Gett in 2017. Being jumping into this, Talmon Marco owned Viber app and then sold it for around $1 billion. In 2016, the company started its fleet service in New York. Presently, the company has about 30,000 active drivers in New York City.

The ride-sharing company is not behind in customer service either; Juno offers three options to pick from.


Once the user is ready to book the cab, Juno pops up with an estimated fare, ETA, and connect the user with the nearest cab. As per the ridesharing app claims, the estimated time for the cab arrival is less than 4 minutes. Juno accepts payments from credit card and Android Pay.


Curb ridesharing service function same as any other similar service, but the option to book the cab in advance gives it an edge over others. Yes, with Curb, the user can schedule pickups for the next 24 hours in limited cities for a fee of $2. On top of that, it never adds the surged price in the final bill.

Curb was acquired by Verifone Systems, a company that deals in providing technology for electronic payment transactions and value-added services. The ride-sharing service has over 50,000 fleets of taxis in 65 US cities like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more.

Curb Ride Options

  • Ride Now: Request a taxi for immediate pickup
  • Ride Later: Reserve a taxi up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pair & Pay: Use the app to pay for rides

Additionally, the passenger has the comfort of backseat monitor for entertainment and running tally of the fare. With it, the passenger can even look out for near-by restaurant and reserve the tables accordingly.

Benefits for CURB Riders


The peer-to-peer transportation network company started-off with transportation service from airports and later moved on to ridesharing service in other parts of the cities as well. As of now, Wingz has its reach in 16 metro areas and 22 airports.

Going one step further, the ridesharing app lets the passenger book a ride from the airport up to two months in advance and to be a trustworthy company, Wingz doesn’t apply any hidden fee or surcharges.

Moreover, the passenger can pick the driver of his own choice and going forward; the company promises to cut down on fares which makes it less expensive than a taxi or limo.

Ridesharing and carpooling

1. VIA

Via is the first ridesharing service under this list. The company was co-founded by Daniel Ramot, a Stanford neuroscience Ph.D. and with all his intelligence, Daniel added a “logistics engine” that try to fill all seats of the cars that are headed toward popular destinations.

The ridesharing service doesn’t cover all the areas of the cities; it has its own set routes, and once the passenger set his destination, Via tries to drop the passenger at the nearest drop location.

To make up for its route pattern, Via operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is present in Chicago, New York, and Washington.

To tap more user base in New York, Via has partnered with Curb to offer carpooling service in yellow cabs, which significantly brings down the fare and reduces car emission as well.

What Via promises


Bridj is an on-demand public transport, which was started in Boston. The ride-sharing app was floated by Gabe Klein, the Chicago, and Washington, D.C. transportation department head. Later in October 2017, it was acquired by Australia-based Transit System.

It engages a technology that clubs all the travelers who are headed for the same journey path. And this helps in reducing the travel time of all the passengers. The cost of the one-way journey is around $3.10, which makes it an affordable pick.

Interestingly, unlike all other ridesharing services, Bridj operates a fleet of 14-seat luxury shuttles with Wi-Fi and leather seating. Due to its comfort and all the facilities like access to onboard WiFi, the Bridj buses are usually compared Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

On-demand taxis


Arro is an on-demand transportation service, that can be availed to travel to various places in cities. It has a database of around 20,000 licensed taxis and is available in cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and more.

How it works

Unlike many other ride-hailing apps, Arro doesn’t charge the surge pricing and is based on taxi meters. And for pickup requests, the driver is informed through dedicated data terminals rather than drivers’ smartphones.

For payment, the passenger can pay using a card or any other payment method that is being added earlier. And if the passenger is in the US and London, and has boarded a taxi that isn’t booked through its app, there is still an option to pay through the set payment methods. The passenger needs to select the “I’M ALREADY IN A TAXI” option and follow the rest instructions.


Flywheel is an on-demand taxi service that is based in Redwood City. It runs on the same principles as that of Arro, but one thing that takes it apart is the “TaxiOS” meters that replaces taxi meters. TaxiOS is a smartphone-based system for managing payments and pickup requests by drivers.

Currently, the ride sharing app is available in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, LA, Sacramento, and San Diego.

In place of surge pricing, the ride-hailing app offers the passenger to offers tips as incentives, which balances the terms between the passenger and the driver.

Flywheel benefits

In The End

So, these were the best ride-sharing apps that one can avail while moving from one place to another. All these services are not available everywhere and mostly; the US is being covered. If you are trying to experience with any of these ride-sharing services, first ensure that the service is available in your area.

For more information on similar services, you can comment below and we at ‘MobileAppDaily,’ will try to assist you with the same.

Vikram Khajuria
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Jack of all trades. Covering the journalism field, Vikram writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better. Breathe it!!


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Ride-hailing company Lyft beat bigger rival Uber in filing for an IPO. In June the company pegged its value at $15.1bn. It did not specify the number of …

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British clothing and accessories retailer Ted Baker has appointed law firm Herbert Smith Freehills to conduct an independent external investigation regarding claims against its CEO and founder, Ray Kelvin, relating to his habit of hugging business colleagues. “While recent news flow is unhelpful, we believe the impact on the group’s brand strength and longer-term growth prospects is likely to be minimal,” Liberum analysts said.

3. Unilever buys GSK’s Horlicks

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4. Coca-Cola makes recycling pledge

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Durban, Uber Taxify Drivers Under Threats Of Attack

DURBAN – Minibus taxi operators have been accused of threatening Uber and Taxify drivers. High at risk for the app-hailing companies are those …

In response, Uber and Taxify drivers protested outside the KwaMashu police station this week, complaining they were being harassed and targeted by KwaMashu Taxi Association members who were impounding their cars and demanding R5000 for their release.

The drivers said the police would not open cases. Masoyi Fuze, an Uber driver for two years, said they were living in fear of the armed men.

Fuze said he had been attacked three times and other drivers had reported that their passengers had been intimidated.

Drivers complained that the men were stopping ordinary people driving sedans like the Etios and Polo, and accusing them of working for the ride-hailing companies. The police apparently said this was a civil matter and would not open cases.

Fuze said he lost his job a few years ago and used his money to buy a car. “The money that I make from this I use to provide for my family,” he said.

Fuze said the irony of the situation was that some taxi owners used Uber services and that some also operated their own Uber cars.

If nothing was done to address the situation, they vowed to hold a large protest that would shut the city down.

Sifiso Shangase of the SA National Taxi Association said they had not heard of the intimidation of Uber and Taxify drivers.

Shangase said they had problems with the way Uber and Taxify drivers operated as they were unregulated and did not have operating licences like metered taxis and minibus taxi operators.

“The Uber and Taxify apps are great for the customers, but for us it creates an uneven playing field,” he said,

Shangase said the association in KZN was in the middle of negotiations with Uber to find a solution to the matter, including how they could become stakeholders in operations in the province.

On social media there were numerous complaints about Uber drivers being attacked and bullied, with the latest incident happening on Monday in Newlands East, where a driver was stopped and intimidated by a minibus taxi driver.

The attacks have sparked an outcry over the infringement of people’s rights to use whatever mode of transport they chose.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a man in his 40s had been arrested in connection with the intimidation.

The KwaMashu Taxi Association did not comment by the time of going to press.

Uber said the violence and intimidation were some of the reasons why people were increasingly choosing alternatives like Uber.

“The threats and intimidation against people who want to use the Uber app to boost their incomes is unacceptable and must be condemned.”

Taxify condemned “any violence, intimidation or extortion directed towards ride-hailing drivers, because we believe that every South African has the right to earn a living without risk of harm, intimidation or coercion”.

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