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15/08/2016 6:59 pm
As the Director of the NRMA region that covers the central west
of NSW, I am acutely aware of how fuel prices can affect every
facet of personal and professional life. The addition of a fuel price
search function to the NRMA smartphone app will fundamentally
change the dynamics of the retail fuel market.
The new function allows Members to search for fuel by price,
type and location using data updated every 15 minutes. With this
technology, there’s now no excuse for those service stations
consistently overcharging at the bowser.
As part of our analysis of the fuel market, the NRMA
commissioned a survey of service stations in the region from
January 1 to August 12 to determine which outlets offered the
lowest average price for petrol over that period. The best value
for petrol in Armidale was found at both the BP and Caltex (119.8),
the 7-Eleven in Bathurst (117.6), the Caltex Woolworths in Dubbo
(118.2) and the Caltex in Orange (119.2). We will keep an eye on
these prices over the coming months.
In the past, retailers relied on the fact that motorists had no
way of knowing their prices were higher than others in the area,
unless you happened to drive past, usually when it was too late.
Instead, users of the app will be alerted to the huge gap in
prices at service stations in close proximity so they can avoid
buyer’s remorse when it comes to fuel. And the rewards for using
the app can be great: NRMA research shows that the average
motorist can save up to $500 per year refuelling at the cheapest
service station rather than the most expensive.
That’s why the NRMA has built this app – to make it easier for
Members to find the cheapest fuel and deliver real savings. With
a recent Australian Automobile Association report showing that
transport costs for Australian families are now as high as
$22,000, every dollar saved is worthwhile.
The new fuel app, currently available on the App Store, will also
help deliver much-needed transparency and competition to the
retail fuel sector. Our hope is these businesses will fight harder
for your patronage as a result.
FUEL APP DELIVERS MUCH-NEEDED BOWSER RELIEF
FIONA SIMSON Deputy President & Director
Greater Western NSW (Townsend Region)
FIONA SIMSON Deputy President & Director
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.
30/08/2016 6:49 pm
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