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Troy Schindler 2016-05-18
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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK has already stopped paper licences and moved them online and is now trying to make them more digital.

Photo: Getty Images

Imagine being pulled over by the cops while driving, being asked for your licence, and you pull out your … smartphone.

For British motorists, this could soon happen following a sneak preview a new prototype for a mobile licence from the head of the country's driving authority.

In a tweet last week, Oliver Morely, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency DVLA tweeted a picture of an iPhone with a U.K. driving licence in Apple's Wallet app.

1 prototype no timeline yet

2 not replacement for photocard, an add-on

3 security our priority

4 possible because nomorecounterpart

The DVLA is trying to make driving licence more digital.

And other pieces of identification are also looking to go digital.

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Billy Clark 2016-08-31
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Google is apparently planning to launch a ride-sharing service to compete with Uber and Lyft.

The Wall Street Journal cites a single source in reporting that the Mountain View advertisement broker will expand a small pilot program launched this summer in which the Waze navigational app can be used by people to organize car pools.

From now on, it will be a city-wide program open to everyone in San Francisco.

The Waze ride-sharing system is not supposed to be a full-fledged commercial service like Uber or Lyft, it seems; Waze drivers are expected to charge a small amount to cover gas, basically – which is miles cheaper than Lyft and Uber.

Crucially, Google will not run any background checks on drivers sharing their cars via Waze, whereas even Uber and Lyft subject their cyber-cabbies to a degree of scrutiny.

The WSJ report claims that "Google doesn't plan to vet drivers for a Waze service, instead relying on user reviews" to rate drivers.

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Robert Drummond 2016-09-18
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Uber drivers provide their own cars

A former property lender has secured £3.5m of funding to finance Uber drivers car purchases, saying that the taxi-hailing app is struggling to keep hold of drivers because they cannot afford to buy their own vehicles.

Jonathan Samuels, who founded the bridge loan provider Dragonfly Property Finance before selling it to Octopus Capital in 2013, said he had launched his new venture amid concerns from Google s venture capital arm, a major Uber investor, about the high rental costs Uber drivers face.

Upfront Car Finance, which will let drivers purchase Toyota Priuses for £150 a week, has raised £3.5m through UK Bond Network, a peer-to-peer website that allows institutions and wealthy individuals to lend to businesses.

Uber does not provide its own cars and does not employ its drivers, who effectively work as freelancers, leaving them to pay their own costs.

Mr Samuels said he had founded the business after a meeting with Uber was brokered by Tom Hulme, a UK partner at GV, the venture capital arm of Google s parent company, Alphabet.

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Barry Polanco 2016-10-19

When Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launches next month, it'll have an unexpected passenger along for the ride: Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Infinite Warfare is the latest entry in Activision's long-running shooter series, and takes players to a future where humanity has begun mining and colonising the solar system.

In the story-driven campaign mode, the game follows Captain Nick Reyes, a pilot and squad leader who leads the charge against secessionists seeking to take control of humanity's colonies.

So where does Hamilton come in?

Well, the game also introduces a hub world for the first time in the series, the Retribution - a warship under Reyes' command, where players can access side quests and new story details.

Hamilton makes his appearance as part of the ship's pit crew, playing the role of an engineer aboard the vessel.

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James Kiley 2017-03-03
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Embattled app's owners to appeal verdict

Taxi app Uber has lost its legal challenge to Transport for London’s requirement that its drivers must pass English language tests, according to reports.

The Financial Times, whose reporter was at the Administrative Court for the oral judgement delivered by Mr Justice John Mitting this morning, reported that drivers “must do more than converse with passengers to be able to communicate in situations such as a medical emergency.”

“TfL are entitled to require private hire drivers to demonstrate English language compliance,” ruled the judge.

The case was brought in August last year after TfL imposed the language testing requirement.

As The Register reported earlier this week, Uber’s lawyer Thomas de la Mare argued that about a third of the app’s 110,000 drivers would fail the £180-a-go English tests because it would be too difficult for them.

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Raymond Maxwell 2017-03-25
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F1 Australian Grand Prix Live Stream: How to watch the first Formula 1 race of the 2017 season

Got a need for speed?

Everything you need to know about the Australian GP is right here, including the full schedule of qualifying, race and highlight times, plus details of Sky's 4K coverage.

Yes, Formula 1 is back!

After a belter of a 2016 F1 season that went right down to the wire, the 2017 season promises big things, with Britain's Lewis Hamilton once again racing for Mercedes and likely to vie for the World Drivers' Championship.

This weekend sees the inaugural race of the 2017 season take place in Melbourne, Australia, and with the first practice sessions now out of the way, it's time to get down to business.

collect
0
Troy Schindler 2016-05-18
img

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK has already stopped paper licences and moved them online and is now trying to make them more digital.

Photo: Getty Images

Imagine being pulled over by the cops while driving, being asked for your licence, and you pull out your … smartphone.

For British motorists, this could soon happen following a sneak preview a new prototype for a mobile licence from the head of the country's driving authority.

In a tweet last week, Oliver Morely, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency DVLA tweeted a picture of an iPhone with a U.K. driving licence in Apple's Wallet app.

1 prototype no timeline yet

2 not replacement for photocard, an add-on

3 security our priority

4 possible because nomorecounterpart

The DVLA is trying to make driving licence more digital.

And other pieces of identification are also looking to go digital.

Robert Drummond 2016-09-18
img

Uber drivers provide their own cars

A former property lender has secured £3.5m of funding to finance Uber drivers car purchases, saying that the taxi-hailing app is struggling to keep hold of drivers because they cannot afford to buy their own vehicles.

Jonathan Samuels, who founded the bridge loan provider Dragonfly Property Finance before selling it to Octopus Capital in 2013, said he had launched his new venture amid concerns from Google s venture capital arm, a major Uber investor, about the high rental costs Uber drivers face.

Upfront Car Finance, which will let drivers purchase Toyota Priuses for £150 a week, has raised £3.5m through UK Bond Network, a peer-to-peer website that allows institutions and wealthy individuals to lend to businesses.

Uber does not provide its own cars and does not employ its drivers, who effectively work as freelancers, leaving them to pay their own costs.

Mr Samuels said he had founded the business after a meeting with Uber was brokered by Tom Hulme, a UK partner at GV, the venture capital arm of Google s parent company, Alphabet.

James Kiley 2017-03-03
img

Embattled app's owners to appeal verdict

Taxi app Uber has lost its legal challenge to Transport for London’s requirement that its drivers must pass English language tests, according to reports.

The Financial Times, whose reporter was at the Administrative Court for the oral judgement delivered by Mr Justice John Mitting this morning, reported that drivers “must do more than converse with passengers to be able to communicate in situations such as a medical emergency.”

“TfL are entitled to require private hire drivers to demonstrate English language compliance,” ruled the judge.

The case was brought in August last year after TfL imposed the language testing requirement.

As The Register reported earlier this week, Uber’s lawyer Thomas de la Mare argued that about a third of the app’s 110,000 drivers would fail the £180-a-go English tests because it would be too difficult for them.

Billy Clark 2016-08-31
img

Google is apparently planning to launch a ride-sharing service to compete with Uber and Lyft.

The Wall Street Journal cites a single source in reporting that the Mountain View advertisement broker will expand a small pilot program launched this summer in which the Waze navigational app can be used by people to organize car pools.

From now on, it will be a city-wide program open to everyone in San Francisco.

The Waze ride-sharing system is not supposed to be a full-fledged commercial service like Uber or Lyft, it seems; Waze drivers are expected to charge a small amount to cover gas, basically – which is miles cheaper than Lyft and Uber.

Crucially, Google will not run any background checks on drivers sharing their cars via Waze, whereas even Uber and Lyft subject their cyber-cabbies to a degree of scrutiny.

The WSJ report claims that "Google doesn't plan to vet drivers for a Waze service, instead relying on user reviews" to rate drivers.

Barry Polanco 2016-10-19

When Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launches next month, it'll have an unexpected passenger along for the ride: Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Infinite Warfare is the latest entry in Activision's long-running shooter series, and takes players to a future where humanity has begun mining and colonising the solar system.

In the story-driven campaign mode, the game follows Captain Nick Reyes, a pilot and squad leader who leads the charge against secessionists seeking to take control of humanity's colonies.

So where does Hamilton come in?

Well, the game also introduces a hub world for the first time in the series, the Retribution - a warship under Reyes' command, where players can access side quests and new story details.

Hamilton makes his appearance as part of the ship's pit crew, playing the role of an engineer aboard the vessel.

Raymond Maxwell 2017-03-25
img

F1 Australian Grand Prix Live Stream: How to watch the first Formula 1 race of the 2017 season

Got a need for speed?

Everything you need to know about the Australian GP is right here, including the full schedule of qualifying, race and highlight times, plus details of Sky's 4K coverage.

Yes, Formula 1 is back!

After a belter of a 2016 F1 season that went right down to the wire, the 2017 season promises big things, with Britain's Lewis Hamilton once again racing for Mercedes and likely to vie for the World Drivers' Championship.

This weekend sees the inaugural race of the 2017 season take place in Melbourne, Australia, and with the first practice sessions now out of the way, it's time to get down to business.