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15/08/2016 6:59 pm
Long suffering motorists in the Harbour region will be thrilled to
read the story on page 15. The NRMA app now delivers real-time
petrol prices across NSW, with the NSW Government’s petrol
reforms becoming active last month.
A recent NRMA analysis listed the top 20 service stations
across Sydney so far this year. Not one service station from the
Northern Beaches, North Shore, Eastern Suburbs or Inner West
made it on the list. We didn’t analyse the top 20 most expensive
service stations in Sydney, but if we had I bet the service stations
in our area would have featured prominently.
Real-time petrol prices mean that local NRMA Members will
finally be armed with the information they need to find that
diamond in the rough – a cheap local service station. In the Harbour
region, this can at times feel like we’re searching for the Holy Grail.
The data will also help motorists clearly identify the local service
stations that are more expensive and stay away from them.
We shouldn’t underestimate the impact this new information
can have on the family budget. NRMA analysis at the time of the
app’s launch found that motorists who filled up at the cheapest
service station in Sydney would save more than $500 a year when
compared to those who paid on or around the average price in
Sydney for the same period. When compared to the prices at the
most expensive service stations – most of which are in our region
– the savings start to nudge $1000 a year.
It’s perhaps in the area of competition that this app will have its
most profound affect across the Harbour region, if for no other
reason than because, up until now, there’s hardly been any. For
most local Members, the idea of ‘shopping around’ for the
cheapest fuel may have seemed somewhat pointless, because
there were so few cheap stations.
Now this app puts the price of every local station at your
fingertips. As local motorists use the app to influence where they
buy fuel, the expensive service stations will be left with no choice
but to be more competitive. If you don’t already have the app, I
encourage you to seek it out at the App Store.
NEW NRMA APP WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON OUR REGION
TIM TRUMPER Director
Manly, North Shore, Inner West
& Eastern Suburbs (Harbour Region)
Accelerating into the future
and the NRMA is
well positioned to
of these new
THE NRMA IS PROUD of its history,
but a key component of our ongoing
success has been a desire to embrace
the future. Our quest to make roads
safer technologically goes back to
our earliest campaigns for traffic
lights – or ‘highway lighthouses’ as we
called them in 1925.
We’ve since championed many
other critical innovations over the
decades, most notably seatbelts and
random breath testing. That mission
continues today, with autonomous
vehicles and smart technologies
emerging as the next step in our
journey to a secure motoring future.
To understand this exciting new
world, I led a small NRMA delegation
to the US, where we visited
technology industry leaders in San
Francisco and Silicon Valley. Google
and Apple might be best known for
searching the internet or designing
mobile phones, but they are also
leaders in developing driverless cars.
To actually see these vehicles in
action is extraordinary; it makes you
realise that it’s not science fiction but
a real look at a near (and safer)
future. Tesla is already selling cars
here and, while they’re not completely
self-driving yet, the advances they’ve
made in electric power and general
design are eye-opening.
In one way, this represents a new
strategic direction for the NRMA –
one that focuses on the future of
mobility being safer and more
efficient. But it also continues our
long quest to get the best possible
outcomes for our Members.
It is for these reasons that I take
great pleasure in announcing the
appointment of Rachel Botsman as the
first independent Director on the
NRMA Board. Rachel is extraordinarily
accomplished: she has worked for the
Clinton Foundation and is a graduate
of both Harvard and Oxford, where she
created and taught the world’s first
MBA on ‘collaborative consumption’.
It is in this field – also known as the
shared economy – that she will help
and advise the NRMA on how to
contribute to a world where goods
and services are borrowed or rented
more often than they are bought.
Picture a future where you can ride
in a self-driving car you have acquired
only for as long as you need it and
park it in a privately-owned space that
you found and rented online.
This is only the start of the benefits
the NRMA can bring our Members and
we’re fortunate to have Rachel help
us realise our potential in this area.
KYLE LOADES President
Google’s self-driving car.
31/08/2016 1:49 pm
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