Lessons from Uber on embracing future technology

Tuesday 30 August, 2016 | By: Default Admin | Tags: Uber, personalised transport, taxi industry

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says companies like Uber are forging new ground.

Uber’s entry into the personalised transport industry has seen the State Government rewrite legislation in an attempt to balance the needs of an existing industry while enabling innovation and competition.

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CCIQ believes it is a win for customers and small business.

“The Personalised Transport Horizon package, confirmed by Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, strikes the right balance between ensuring existing industries are not unfairly sidelined, but also allows for market disrupters and new entrants to flourish in Queensland’s economy,” said senior policy advisor Kate Whittle.

CCIQ believes that with the government cutting the red tape to allow Uber in, there will be more market participants, greater competition and better outcomes for consumers.

The playing field is changing and that means extraordinary opportunities for all businesses.

Technology that we’re already glimpsing today – like cloud-powered software and storage, 3D printing, video communication and autonomous cars – will become commonplace in the future.

Businesses who embrace opportunities and technology will stand out and succeed.

Uber is in the ideal position to discuss how technology will change our city and small business. And small business has the opportunity to hear first-hand about its impact on the future.

Brad Kitschke, Uber’s Director of Public Policy for Australia and New Zealand, will be the guest speaker at a special CCIQ event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, 1 September (7am-9am).

"Embracing technology has the potential to profoundly change the way cities move, increase productivity and make the places we live and work more liveable,” Mr Kitschke said.

“When ridesharing first came to Australia, no one could have imagined how the simple act of sharing a ride could be such a powerful economic engine.

“Today ridesharing is offering more than 40,000 driver-partners the opportunity to access flexible income, and making it easier for more than 1.5 million Australian riders to get around their cities.”

Prior to joining Uber in 2004, Brad was a 14-year veteran of public policy, public affairs and government relations for companies including Vodafone Hutchison Australia.

A company director of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Ltd (TIO), Brad is a member of the Committee for Economic Development's (CEDA) NSW Advisory Committee. He’s also a founding member and former spokesperson for an industry coalition, the Fair Imports Alliance, which campaigned for reform to importation laws.

A leading voice in the current debate about the changing face of the retail industry, Brad was successful in lobbying the government to call a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the future of retail.

Entrepreneur and small business expert Andrew Griffiths will MC the event.

After 30 years as a business owner in industries as diverse as tourism, advertising, retail and consulting, Andrew knows what works and what doesn’t. He first shared his expertise 15 years ago in the bestseller, 101 ways to market your business, and has followed it up with 12 titles sold in more than 60 countries.

A much sought-after international speaker and commentator, Andrew will make sure you walk away with practical, hard-hitting insights for your business.

For more information: https://www.cciq.com.au/events/event/156/

All media welcome to attend.


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