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Google removes app for reviewing payment to Uber drivers

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A helpful tool that gave Uber drivers a peace of mind that their pay is calculated fairly is no longer available on the Google Play Store.

The creator of the UberCheats app, which told drivers if Uber underpaid them for a ride, said on Thursday the app had been removed from the Google Play Store.

It comes after the ride-sharing service claimed a trademark infringement. “Uber filed a false trademark claim against UberCheats; so it’s been taken off the Chrome app store,” creator Armin Samii said in a tweet.

Uber’s claim, according to Samii, also asserts that customers may confuse it with “an actual Uber product.”

Uber did not immediately return a request for comment on the app’s removal.

Samii’s app simply looked at the actual miles calculated during a ride.

He told Vice in a Thursday story he assumes the company uses a “straight line distance,” instead of the actual distance traveled.

That can leave drivers shortchanged on payments for their rides at times, and Uber admitted to underpaying drivers in New York City back in 2017. The company refunded the affected drivers to remedy the situation.

Samii himself was an UberEats driver and said he got the idea after he ran into the exact issue UberCheats addressed during a delivery.

He told Vice he wasn’t upset over the few bucks he missed out on, but instead, realised it was happening to thousands of drivers and delivery people across the US.

He further explained to the publication that he had no plan on relaunching the app with a new name to skirt what he called the “false trademark claim.” Instead, he said he planned to fight to use the UberCheats name.

-MSN Autos

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Photos: Coscharis rolls out new Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar F-Pace

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Coscharis Motors on Wednesday unveiled the 2021 edition of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Jaguar F-Pace at its Lekki-Epe Expressway head office, Lagos.
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Nigeria imported 400,000 vehicles in five years – FG

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Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Ms Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed, has said that Nigeria imported about 400,000 vehicles between 2015 and 2020.
Shansuna-Ahmed, made the disclosure at a one-day sensitisation on the National Vehicle Registry (VREG), on Tuesday in Kano.
The minister, represented by Mrs Fatima Hayatu, Director Technical Services in the ministry, said available data of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), indicated that 40 per cent of the vehicles were smuggled into the country.
She said that: “The NBS confirmed that between 2015 and 2020, Nigeria imported an average of 400,000 vehicles.
“An additional 40 per cent of the vehicles are smuggled into the country annually.
“A case study revealed that Nigeria was the hub of stolen vehicles, as Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of vehicles in the country were usually unregistered.
“Consequently, vehicles within the shores of Nigeria cannot be traced.”
According to her, the ministry is introducing the National Vehicle Registry (VREG) to address these challenges.
The system, she said, would provide a singular platform through which all relevant agencies reference vehicular data with a view of ascertaining ownership and value information.
She said the system would also assist to ensure accurate monitoring, documentation and tracking of vehicular activities across the country as well as enhance national security.
Acting Controller in charge of Zone B, Nigeria Customs Service, Mr Uba Muhammad, said the initiative would assist to ensure the security of lives and property of Nigerians.
Represented by the Controller, Kano/Jigawa Command, Mr Suleiman Umar, Muhammad said that the initiative would curb insecurity and enhance revenue generation, especially on vehicles.
“This initiative suit in with E-Customs Project that will signal the beginning of end-to-end automation of NCS processes and procedures.
“It will also usher a new regime of total automation of all trans-border trade activities,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Usman Rabiu, the representative of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), described the security aspect attached to the initiative as “more important.”
He said that FRSC was happy to be part of the initiative, where all relevant agencies would have a central database on vehicular activities across the country.
Kano State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Mahmud Santsi, pledged the state government’s support for the project.

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Kia gets 30,000 pre-orders for battery-powered EV6 sedan

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Kia Motor Corporation, South Korea’s second-biggest carmaker, has launched an all-electric EV6 sedan in the domestic market ahead of its overseas launches later this year.
Already, the automaker says it has received over 30,000 pre-orders for the EV6 in the domestic market, and a combined 8,800 pre-orders in Europe and the United States, according to a report by Just Autos.
The maker of the K5 sedan and the Sorento SUV aim to sell 13,000 units of the zero-emission model on its home turf and 17,000 units in overseas markets this year.
The EV6 is Kia’s first model embedded with Hyundai Motor Group’s own EV-only electric-global modular platform (E-GMP).

The EV6 is priced at 47 million won-57 million won (US$40,800-$49,500) in Korea. With government subsidies, it can be purchased for under 40 million won.
The model is available with two kinds of battery packs — a standard 58-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack and a long-range 77.4-kWh one. The 58-kWh and 77.4-kWh models can travel up to 370 kilometres and 475 km, respectively, on a single charge.
Kia also plans to introduce sedans, SUVs and multipurpose vehicles based on the new EV platform for the next seven years.
It plans to beef up its EV lineup with 11 models, including the seven E-GMP-based ones, by 2025.
With its strengthened EV lineup, it aims to achieve a 6.6 percent share of the global battery-powered EV market by 2025 and global annual sales of 500,000 units by 2026.
Kia’s current EV market share is not available as its EV sales accounted for only 1 percent of its overall sales in 2019.
In April, Kia’s bigger affiliate Hyundai Motor Co. launched the IONIQ 5 all-electric model equipped with the E-GMP platform.
Hyundai plans to introduce the IONIQ 6 next year and the IONIQ 7 large SUV in 2024. It will begin using alphanumeric names like its bigger rivals, such as BMW, whose models are named Series No. 1-8.

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