Australian Business Traveller reports that the controversial hire car /taxi service to the nerds Uber (wikipedia page for context)is planning an Australian expansion that includes Canberra:
The Uber car hire service could be available in Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and other Australian cities this year.
“In 2014 we plan to bring Uber to many more Australian cities” the company spruiks in its latest marketing campaign.
“We’d like your help to spread the word to your friends all around Australia” Uber says. “We will prioritise launching cities with the most pre-registered users.”
Already running in Sydney and Melbourne, plus several major cities in the USA, Europe and Asia, Uber essentially lets you use a smartphone app to hire any nearby and available private car at near-taxi prices.
We gather that in many techy cities in the US they’ve become a real alternative to car ownership.
(And not, confusingly, to be mistaken for Canberra’s own Uber Global)