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driverless car technology

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

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

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

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

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

Are You In “Road Phobia”? This Is What Driverless Uber Do...

Uber is arguably the most enthusiastic about automatic driving among all the tech companies. When many tech companies still drafting their self-driving projects, Uber announced a high-profile co-operation with Volvo and other automakers to develop self-driving projects.Recently, Uber's driveless project has made new progress. According to the overseas media, Uber has submitted a patent related to an in-car tech to the European Patent Office - future auto-driving taxis sensors to help allevia

Gemma

Gemma

Aug 7, 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

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

Because American GPS is not good enough, Geely is launching its own satellites

Satellite navigation is now so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that few understand the term Global Position System (GPS) anymore, and for a good reason. The term GPS has since been replaced by consumer brands like Waze or Google Maps, all which rely on GPS.In case you didn’t know, GPS is developed and owned by the US Government. It was originally intended for the US military but in the ‘80s, seeing that the service has great potential to promote international trade, the US governmen

Hans

Hans

Apr 27, 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

Standardised number plates for Malaysian cars – 20 years later, still nothing to show

Image from motorme.my and Harith IskanderEarlier this week, the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development said that the Ministry of Transport will table a new bill to replace vehicle stickers for persons with disabilities with a special number plate.One week earlier, the Johor state police announced a crackdown on vehicles with ‘fancy’ vehicle number plates – plates that don’t meet JPJ’s standards.The bigger question is, why after more than 20 years, Malay

Hans

Hans

Dec 27, 2020

Did you know that Geely has a flying car that works?

Not many are aware but Geely has been quietly working on a flying car, one that actually fits the description of a flying car, as in a vehicle that not only flies but can also be driven on the road. The distinction is important because our own Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof is still confused between a flying car and an air taxi.The erroneously described flying car project that the Malaysian government supports is not a flying car but an air taxi - a vertical take

Hans

Hans

Nov 19, 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

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

Future Geely models to be closer to Volvo’s, but Proton might lose out – here’s why

Last week, Geely Auto, not to be confused with parent company Geely Holding which owns the Volvo Car Group, announced that it will no longer merge with Volvo Car. Instead, both Geely Auto and Volvo Car will remain separate (but still operating under the umbrella of Geely Holding), but will instead work together on specific electric vehicles- and driverless car-related projects.In layman’s terms, it means that the Swedes at Volvo Cars and Chinese at Geely Auto will continue to do their own

Hans

Hans

Mar 2, 2021

Geely in talks with Korea's SK Group to develop fuel cell vehicles

Just recently we reported that Geely has struck up a new partnership with Baidu to expand into the driverless electric car game, now there is word that Geely is in talks with SK Group for a partnership to expand into the fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) business.SK Group is a South Korean conglomerate primarily involved in the chemical, petroleum, and energy industries.Geely fuel cell busesSeeing as the group recently acquired a 9.9 percent stake in Plug Power, a company focussed on the develop

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 27, 2021

Toyota takes 5 percent stake in Suzuki, forms new capital alliance

Toyota takes 4.94 percent of Suzuki Suzuki acquires 0.2 percent of Toyota Suzuki to gain Toyota’s hybrid tech while Toyota gains Suzuki’s engine for compact cars, plus expertise in IndiaFollowing a joint announcement by Toyota and Suzuki earlier in March, both companies have confirmed today that they will form a capital alliance.The deal, still subject to approval by the respective countries’ competition authorities, will see Toyota acquiring 4.94 percent of Suzuki via the pur

Robert

Robert

Aug 28, 2019

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

The Malaysian link behind Hyundai’s decision to build this sexy EV in Singapore

Earlier this month, Hyundai started construction of a RM 1.22 billion, 30,000 electric vehicles a year plant in Jurong, Singapore. When completed in 2022, the Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center (HMGICs) will be the Hyundai Motor Group’s (which also include Kia) regional hub for electric vehicle (EVs) production and development.Out of the 30,000 EVs to be build there, about 5,000 to 6,000 units will be sold in Singapore, while the rest will be exported.Centre two: Lee Hsien Loong, PM

Hans

Hans

Oct 18, 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

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

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

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

Nissan Z Proto won’t go on sale in Europe, proves that Toyota was right with Supra all along

The Nissan Z Proto has won itself many fans and the change in narrative is nice for a company that has been dragged through the mud by the legal tussle involving ex-CEO Carlos Ghosn.As much as we love the Nissan Z Proto, it is important to remember that the car has yet to enter production but keep your fingers crossed because Nissan has repeatedly mentioned that it is committed to producing the Z Proto.However what many forgot is that the new Nissan Z won’t be launched in Europe, or even t

Hans

Hans

Sep 28, 2020

DreamEdge and Daihatsu To Spearhead Third National Car Project

DreamEdge will be in charge Daihatsu to provide technical knowledge Goes on sales in March 2021Last week, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Darell Leiking revealed the company responsible for the third national car company is DreamEdge.According to the slides provided during the press conference, the first mock-up will be shown towards the end of August 2019. By March 2020, the first prototype model will be completed, and the car is expected to be launched by March 2021.Apart f

Jack

Jack

Aug 15, 2019

Strut bar – does it really make your car handle better and safer?

Factory-installed strut bar in the 2020 Honda Accord 1.5.You’ve probably seen or heard a certain aftermarket strut bar company suggesting you to install a strut bar in your car with a promise of improved chassis rigidity, enhance cornering performance and a much safer car. It is true, but there are drivers that thinks it is nothing more than just another gimmicky product.So here comes the question – do you really need one and does it work?Factory-installed strut bar in the 2019

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

Mar 4, 2020

“National Car” to be defined in NAP 2019

In view of the soon-to-be launched third national car, Chief Executive Officer of Automotive, Robotic and IoT Institute (MARii), Datuk Madani Sahari has said the criteria of “National Car” will be defined in the new National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2019.“There is a need for the automobile industry to move away from petrol-based engines to hybrid and electric ones,” said Datuk Madani, as quoted by Bernama. Last month, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said that the t

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Sep 18, 2019

Full speed ahead for Thailand’s National EV Policy Committee, 750k xEVs by 2030

Covid-19 might have dominated the headlines for 2020 and gave the impression that little else is happening around the world. That’s not true, especially in the field of clean energy and electric vehicles.Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, took delivery of the first 20 wind farm turbines for its 400 MegaWatt Dumat Al-Jandal wind farm – the largest clean energy project in the Middle East.Saudi Arabia aims to generate 50 percent of its electricity

Hans

Hans

Oct 25, 2020

Honda Accord is ASEAN NCAP's overall safest car for 2019-2020, almost perfect score

The high-scorer for the 4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards 2020 is the 2020 Honda Accord. The car scored the highest points in almost all the scoring pillars of the ASEAN NCAP 2017-2020 Protocol.Honda Accord Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) - 35.33/36 pointsIn terms of the AOP pillar, the Honda Accord managed 35.33/36 points, very close to a full score. The side crash-test score and head protection technology (HPT) score were perfect with the only fumble being a slight deduction in frontal impact s

Arif

Arif

Feb 17, 2021