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Apr 18, 2017

Like Uber, but for news: app to turn drivers into camos

A new app will turn Uber drivers into on-the-fly camera operators for major news networks.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

A new app will use Uber drivers as drive-by camera operators for breaking news footage to feed the 24/7 media beast.

Veteran journalist Adam Walters is founding director of NewsCar, which he told Crikey would fill demand for fresh content as networks try to retain viewers and their relevance.

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7 thoughts on “Like Uber, but for news: app to turn drivers into camos

  1. Project Manager

    Newscar seems to be linked to and giving ‘story priority’ to RSDAA the Ride Share “Union”.
    There is a fair amount of unhappiness about this from those who don’t feel the need to unionise.

    1. Lesley Graham

      There are many issues with this concept, including the fact that these driver’s are underpaid & aren’t given a destination on receipt of the booking. Plus also they don’t have the safety options for either the passenger or the driver that the taxi cabs have therein lies the problem. Leaves them wide open for any number of things to go horribly wrong. Maybe this is why Uber is promoting this “app” as a distraction for what is really wrong, for one thing their business model, is problematic at best as far as I understand it.

  2. susan winstanley

    Nightcrawler was a creepy movie, now come to life

  3. old greybearded one

    Should make for really safe driving eh? Of course it is a way of removing camera operators. What tosh.

  4. Lesley Graham

    So do they get to be an Uber driver or a untrained news camera person. I like many people already have massive issues with Uber, why do they seem to think that it is a good idea to make things worse for their driver’s who are already being underpaid, & in many country areas are causing issues for small, local cab companies & in turn customer’s like myself that know that Uber’s levels of safety are totally unacceptable by Australian standards, why don’t they get off their backsides and fix that rather than continue to destroy the victorian taxi industry,

  5. Mike Smith

    So this was why they sacked all their photographers.

  6. zut alors

    Spotted an Uber driver on a side street to my building last Saturday – appeared lost (!), spoke no English but showed me a screen with the name of his passenger which I recognised.

    And this is a potential photographer for NewsCar? Would this man have a clue what he was witnessing? He didn’t have a clue which building he was targeting.

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