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Honda Legend's Sensing Elite - world's first road legal L3 autonomous driving car

Honda has launched its new Honda Sensing Elite safety system in Japan, the worlds first road level 3 (L3) autonomous driving system. The first Honda car to be equipped with this system is the updated 2021 Honda Legend EX.If you are wondering why is the Honda Legends Sensing Elite the worlds first L3 autonomous driving car when Audi announced it in 2017 for its Audi A8, thats because the A8 is technically only an L3-capable car. The feature has yet to be approved by European authorities. The main

Arif

Arif

Mar 5, 2021

This Korean professor created a self-driving car way back in the '90s! Tesla who?

Autonomous driving, or aka self-driving cars and driverless cars, is now all the range. Everybody from Tesla and Google to Mercedes-Benz and more are looking into developing autonomous cars! But before driverless cars became an ‘it’ thing, here is an autonomous car that was created back in the 1990s by a South Korean professor and his students.Also read: Watch this self-driving Perodua Axia handle the busy roads of KL!Han Min Hong, now 79, led the team that created South Korea’

Jerrica

Jerrica

Apr 8, 2021

Geely joins the driverless car game with Baidu’s help

Baidu Apollo fleet collaboration with other Chinese brandsGeely Holdings will join forces with Baidu to build a driverless electric car on Geely’s new Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) platform.The strategic partnership will focus primarily on the joint research, development, and production of intelligent and connected electric vehicles. Note, “intelligent” here meaning self-driving cars.Baidu Apollo fleet collaboration with Hongqi brand testingThe partnership could see

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 11, 2021

Drone maker DJI is not making flying cars yet, developing autonomous driving tech

DJI, the worlds largest maker of commercial drones, is reportedly stepping into the automotive industry by developing autonomous driving systems. DJI controls 69% of the global consumer drone marketAccording to Chinese media, the company has set up a seperate arm called DJI Automotive. But this doesnt mean that DJI will be building their own cars anytime soon, but rather act as Tier 1 suppliers (direct to OEM) to carmakers.The LiDAR system found on the Zenmuse L1 droneDJI Automotive will be dedi

Sanjay

Sanjay

Apr 13, 2021

Level 2 autonomous driving brings the Proton X50 on the same page as a Tesla

The Proton X50 is safer than a BMW X1? Yup, it’s true, and you can read it here.Part of why it gains that reputation is because it comes with Level 2 Autonomous driving. What's this 'levels of autonomous driving'?In short, this picture. Basically, Level 0/1 cars are most common right now, and Level 2 technologies are still creeping in. We're still a long ways away from Level 3, 4 and 5 autonomous driving.Who decides these? The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Sanjay

Sanjay

Sep 30, 2020

BMW introduces mild-hybrid 48V technology to 3 Series, X3, and X4

BMW first implemented the mild-hybrid technology in the 5 Series last year and is expected to be seen in the 3 Series, X3 and X4 by Q2 of 2020.The mild-hybrid technology helps lighten the combustion engine’s workload and boosts its power. With a 48V starter-generator, the Brake Energy Regeneration is better utilized as the energy harnessed can be used for additional drive power to boost fuel efficiency.Another benefit of the mild-hybrid system is the refinement of the combustion engine&rsq

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 2, 2020

How Honda Sensing Elite achieved what Audi failed in L3 driverless car race

While Malaysia was caught up in the hype of the Perodua Ativa’s launch last week, the international press was focused on the launch of the new Honda Legend hybrid, now with Honda Sensing Elite technology - the world’s first road legal Level 3 (L3) autonomous driving car. Honda Sensing Elite is a step up from the current Honda Sensing, which in Malaysia, is fitted to the Honda Civic, CR-V, Accord, Odyssey, and later this month, the City RS (minus Low Speed Follow).While Honda Sensing

Hans

Hans

Mar 8, 2021

4 “uncool” car features that make life more convenient

As the automotive industry heads to an autonomous and electric future, a fair share of inventions of the past are losing presence in modern cars. The carburetor, the handbrake, and the ignition key switch are some to name. The friction of technology shift is something that can only be felt by those who have been accustomed to older technology. To younger generations, new technology is just how things have always been.While I claim to be a proponent of new technology, I find myself having more af

Arif

Arif

Sep 10, 2020

Volvo Cars Malaysia recalls 1,802 units due to faulty autonomous emergency braking systems

Volvo Cars has issued a recall for a total of 700,000 cars globally after the discovery of a possibly faulty autonomous emergency braking system (AEB). Volvo Cars Malaysia has added that the recall affects 1,802 units of Volvo cars in our country.The issue stems from a software fault. During tests conducted by the Federation of Danish Motors (FDM) on an XC60, Volvo’s internal safety evaluations discovered that the car’s AEB system consistently failed to kick in and brake automaticall

Jerrica

Jerrica

Apr 1, 2020

BMW updates 530e with improved battery cell technology

Following the announcement of the 330e plug-in hybrid going on sale in Europe with an improved eDrive range of 66 kilometers (nearly 50 percent further than before), BMW has also announced that it is rolling out an to the 530e to bring its eDrive technology to be on par with the lower range 330e.The previous 530e has an electric driving range of around 45 km. The new and improved 530e however, is capable of driving with electric power-only for up to 66 km, with a maximum speed of 140 km/h &ndash

Robert

Robert

Aug 16, 2019

How much of the Ford Ranger Raptor is inspired by racing technology?

The Ford Ranger Raptor has been on sale in Malaysia since the start of 2019, and by now, many would know that the Ranger Raptor is inspired by desert racing trucks and is a watered-down version of the bigger F-150 Raptor. But how much of the Ranger Raptor is inspired by racing technology? Quite a lot.Starting from the looks, the Ranger Raptor sports vented discs all around the truck for heavy-duty cooling. It also has a much thicker steel underbody guard (approximately 2.33 mm thick), fender ext

Jerrica

Jerrica

Apr 26, 2020

Audi: China and South Korea most supportive of driverless cars, USA and UK least

A recent typology - the science of classification - carried out by Audi shows that China and South Korea are more receptive to autonomous cars on their roads than any other country in the world. Based on the Human Readiness Index (HRI), China records +5.1 while South Korea records +1.2 reading. Spain and Italy leads the way in the European side with a +0.7 reading while countries like Germany, France, the USA, Japan and British are more reserved against driverless cars.Self-driving cars are

Jerrica

Jerrica

Sep 26, 2019

Will you get into a driverless taxi?

This is not the first time that companies in China are testing out autonomous taxis in the country, but it is the first time that the autonomous taxi doesn’t have a driver in the driver’s seat!The new round of autonomous taxi, or known as robotaxi, testing takes place in Shanghai, China, and is carried out by the company known as Didi Chuxing Technology.Trial runs started on Saturday 27 June 2020, after the company completed fitting Vehicle to Everything (V2X) equipment along the cho

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jul 1, 2020

Mercedes-Benz EQS unveiled, 770 km range and ready for L3 autonomous driving

Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its new addition to its EV lineup, the Mercedes-Benz EQS. Built on an all-electric architecture, the EQS boasts an electric range of up to 770 km (WLTP).Mercedes-Benz claims that the Mercedes-Benz EQS is the most aerodynamic production car in the world with a drag coefficient value of 0.20. It is also claimed to be the best in terms of quiet running.Also Read: This is your first look of the Mercedes EQS! Slated for debut in early 2021The EQS features a fastback de

Arif

Arif

Apr 16, 2021

Malaysia to test first driverless Proton Exora in Cyberjaya

The first company that has received approval to use the new Cyberjaya Malaysia Autonomous Vehicle (MyAV) Testing Route is eMoovit Technology. The company will be testing their driverless Proton Exora.The driverless Exora from eMoovit will be the first to conduct testing on the new MyAV route. The route is jointly developed by Futurise Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cyberview Sdn Bhd, and the Ministry of Transport (MoT).MyAV was created under the National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) initiativ

Jerrica

Jerrica

Dec 24, 2020

Are side-view cameras better than side-view mirrors?

New technology makes life easier, but can sometimes become an annoyance too. Take Apple’s Airpods and a wireless mouse for example. You now have to charge your earphones and mouse just to get them to work. Sometimes new technology can be a fad like the Segway, and worse, it can even be fraudulent like Theranos’s one-drop blood test.In 2018, we heard the news of the Audi E-TRON and the Lexus ES replacing the standard side view mirrors with side-view cameras instead. Also making a debu

Arif

Arif

Jun 4, 2020

Nissan-Honda merger proposal fizzled before discussions even started

According to a report from the Financial Times, the Japanese government have tried to propose a merger between Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. The merger was proposed due to the government’s growing concern over the future of Nissan following the growing rift in the weakening Renault Nissan Alliance, as well as disruptions posed by electric and driverless cars. Unfortunately, the idea has since fizzled as both companies had immediately rejected the idea.Concern for Japan’s once

Jerrica

Jerrica

Aug 18, 2020

Tokyo 2019: Nissan reveals Nissan IMk concept

Nissan unveils a new EV concept car in the form of the Nissan IMk. The new concept car will take centre stage at the upcoming 46th Tokyo Motor Show. The Nissan IMk was created based on the Japanese market needs of nimble driving characteristics and ultimate connectivity in a city car.The idea of the IMk is to provide the Japanese market who are looking at EV options but prefers a smaller compact vehicle for the metropolis. The IMk concept measures in at 3434mm in length and 1512mm in width

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 1, 2019

General buying guide: 5 must-have features in a new car

It’s 2020 and while we still haven’t seen any flying cars whizzing around, it’s fair to say that the tech we’re getting in today’s cars has improved tremendously. Want proof? Heres a clip from an episode of Top Gear from 2005 featuring an orangutan and an S-Class.Fast forward fifteen years later and a lot of the tech seen in a large German luxury car that cost nearly a million ringgit at the time are seen in regular cars today like the Toyota Vios and even the humbl

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jul 13, 2020

Imagine playing Wangan Midnight on Geely's driving sim!

Geely has announced a new driving simulator will be installed for its technology and engineering development division, China Euro Vehicle Technology AB (CEVT), in spring 2021.The VI-grade DiM250 driving simulator is designed to simulate any track or road in the world with real-life environments. What’s amazing is there is a car-shaped cockpit that engineers and designers could replace with any models or prototypes in development.You can hear techno music blasting from this pic.​​​​The

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jul 24, 2020

Perodua Ativa (D55L) with full ASA 3.0, brace yourselves for dumb owners testing its limits

Perodua Ativas twin, the Daihatsu RockyAs the Malaysian car market braces itself for the launch of the Perodua Ativa (codenamed D55L), one remarkable highlight stood out for me. The upcoming Perodua compact SUV can be had with the ASA 3.0 ADAS suite, as well as features like Lane Keep Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control.ASA 2.0 in the Perodua AxiaFor the first time in this price segment, one can purchase a car that possesses high-level ADAS featuring

Jason

Jason

Feb 22, 2021

Khairy: Third national car? Never even discussed

The third national car company project has been a very controversial topic among Malaysians ever since it was proposed. Even with a change in government, the project seemed to be ongoing despite not knowing where some of the funds went.Interestingly, another minister has said that the third national car project might not even be considered for development. This was first pointed out by Careta.Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin has said in a townhall livestrea

CY Foong

CY Foong

Aug 21, 2020

Volvo Car Malaysia launches its official used car programme called Volvo SELEKT

Volvo Car Malaysia today paved a new path for customers with the launch of its 360 total-care used car programme known as Volvo SELEKT.The programme is created for the discerning customers in mind, who want the same uncompromising excellence and quality of a new Volvo car but at a price point they desire.Each pre-owned Volvo car under the Volvo SELEKT programme is guaranteed to be under five years old and has less than 100,000 km in mileage. Once it qualifies under the programme, the car wi

Brian

Brian

Jun 24, 2020

Daihatsu to launch full-hybrid kei car in Japan in 2021, how will this affect Perodua?

Toyota’s compact car specialist subsidiary Daihatsu will launch a new full-hybrid ‘kei’ (mini) car within financial year 2021, reports Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.The business daily also added Daihatsu’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) will go on sale on year later, in financial year 2022.Daihatsu Move Canbus shownUnlike mild-hybrids, full-hybrids can accelerate from standstill using electric power alone, thus offering a smoother driving experience in stop-go

Hans

Hans

Dec 29, 2020

Watch this self-driving Perodua Axia handle the busy roads of KL!

Mention self-driving cars and one of the first things you’re thinking of is Tesla and its Autopilot feature. But Teslas are expensive in Malaysia, costing nearly a million ringgit.That is pretty out of reach for many Malaysians wanting to experience what its like for the car to take control of the wheel.However, a brand-new local tech start-up has decided to show Malaysians that self-driving technology is indeed for everyone, not just the extremely wealthy. The company is called Kommu.ai a

CY Foong

CY Foong

Nov 3, 2020

Sony is not going to build cars which is why it built the Sony Vision S concept car

If you grew up in the 1990’s Sony wasn’t just “that company that makes PlayStations”. Sony was that rich kid who brought every imaginable gadget to school. They built radios, televisions, cameras, computers, phones, its own compact disc format, and even owned Michael Jackson. If that wasn’t enough, the Japanese giant revealed its first car earlier this year, the Sony Vision S.Billed as a concept, the Vision S looked like a Tesla, is said to be able to accelerate lik

Daniel

Daniel

Aug 19, 2020

Bateriku.com plans for EV roadside assistance, EV training centers included

In a podcast with MARii, Bateriku.com has hinted at its plans on roadside support for electric cars in the future.According Chief Strategy Officer Reshal Forzad, Bateriku.com is in continuous search of talents for its future plans with electric vehicles. Although many technicians are capable of maintenance of the regular SLI (starting, lighting, ignition) battery, the handling of bigger lithium-ion batteries requires more precaution and skill. Those who have experience handling hybrid vehicles s

Arif

Arif

Jan 26, 2021

Scored a used child car seat? Have you checked the expiry date?

With the Road and Transport Department (JPJ) waiting for the official green light to start issuing fines for not using a child car seat, many parents are rushing to purchase a seat to avoid needing to pay the expensive fine. But unfortunately, many are looking to second-hand child seats or hand-me-downs from friends and families. Did you know that these child car seats have an expiry date?Yes, all child car seats have an expiry date or shelf life as we call it. There are many factors contributin

Jerrica

Jerrica

Aug 8, 2020

NAP 2020: A lot of buzzwords, little meaning, but the industry can now at least move on

Waiting for the announcement of the new National Automotive Policy (NAP) is a bit like waiting for the next installment of the Fast and Furious. You know it’s going to be bad but you still want to watch it.Although the automotive industry already knows what to expect – more of the same old, a lot of lofty goals but lacking in details. However professional managers are obligated to make decisions based on data and official sources of information, so car companies will still need to wa

Hans

Hans

Feb 21, 2020

Running in your new car, still relevant?

Running in (or breaking in) your new car is a standard practice that has been recommended by car manufacturers for the longest time.The task is simple – drive the car until the designated mileage set for the first service (anything from 1,000-2,000 km), but do not exceed 3,000-4,000 rpm to let all the mechanical bits ‘set in’.However, automotive technology have advanced tremendously in the automotive world, with manufacturers utilizing better quality materials for the mechanica

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

May 31, 2020