Australia could see driverless cars on the road within five years

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South Australia may have gotten a head start with trials in 2015, but New South Wales (NSW) is also committing to a driverless car future. Automated cars without drivers could be on NSW roads within five years, the state's minister for transport, Andrew Constance, predicted at a summit on the future of transport in Sydney Monday. "We're going to have driverless cars on our streets, in our suburbs," he told reporters. In his opinion, the South Australian government may have "jumped the gun a little bit" with its initial road tests last year. To support its own rollout of driverless cars, the NSW State Government announced the creation of a Smart Innovation Centre in western Sydney.


Uber passengers to begin paying AU 100m taxi compensation

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Taxi drivers in New South Wales will now be compensated by ride-booking passengers, after the state government passed legislation Wednesday night that will see paid drivers collect an additional AU 1 from customers. The AU 1 levy forms part of a compensation scheme for taxi drivers that have been affected by the NSW government's point-to-point transform reform. The compensation and industry adjustment package is valued at AU 250 million including AU 20,000 up-front payments for licence plate holders with up to two licences, and the creation of a hardship panel to assess further compensation claims. Of that, AU 150 million will come from government while the remaining AU 100 million will be paid for by the temporary AU 1 levy. "Nowhere else in the world have we seen such a generous compensation package to assist industry adjustment when it comes to the taxi industry; nowhere else in the world have we made available the capacity for the transport economy to evolve like we're going to see," Transport Minister Andrew Constance told reporters on Thursday.


My Chemical Romance guitarist "miraculously alive" after bus crash

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Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has cancelled a show on his global tour with band Frank Iero and The Patience after a bus in Sydney, Australia, crashed into the musician and two others as they were unloading a van before a show. SEE ALSO: 'Make Sydney late again' say thousands of Aussies in mass protest for nightlife Two of the three men have been hospitalised and Iero has said he's "pretty banged up but miraculously alive and in a stable condition" over Twitter/ A statement by police said the bus had no passengers on board at the time, and two of the men were standing at the rear of the van when the collision occurred. One man was airlifted to a nearby hospital while the other was taken by road. Both men are reported to be in a serious condition, but stable. The third man evaded serious injury and was treated at the scene for cuts and bruises.


Kangaroo kick-punches car driving down rural Australian road

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And this is reason #1,285 not to move to Australia. Dashcam footage from a driver in Castlemaine, northwest of Melbourne, Australia on Sunday shows a kangaroo jumping onto the left side of a car as it drives down a winding road. The driver was understandably angry about it. Through the reflection, it looks as if the windshield is cracked and the audio sounds like the animal jumped several times on top of the car. We're guessing that kangaroo didn't have insurance.


Australia mosque targeted in firebomb attack

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A suspected petrol bomb has struck outside an Islamic centre in the city of Perth, Australia, as hundreds of worshippers attended an evening prayer service inside. The explosion outside the Thornlie Mosque on Tuesday night caused no injuries but damaged four vehicles, with one completely gutted by the fire, police said. Anti-Islamic graffiti was later found spray-painted on a wall associated with an Islamic college that was part of the centre. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the attack, saying Australia had a fundamental foundation of mutual respect. "I deplore and I cannot condemn strongly enough any attacks of that kind," he told radio station 6PR.