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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

Google updates Android Auto, but biggest bug still remains

Google recently released a new update for Android Auto that includes a number of fixes.Despite that, the most crucial feature of Android Auto remains broken – Google Assistant.Even in the latest update (version 5.1.500644), Google Assistant does not respond to voice input, rendering Android Auto practically useless.At least Google has acknowledged the issue and stated that it is caused by a bug in Google Assistant, not Android Auto, which explains why the latest version of Android auto doe

Eric

Eric

Apr 1, 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

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

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 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

Google rolls out new Android Auto update, should fix voice command for some

A couple of days ago, Google rolled out a new update for the Google app, which should fix the voice command bug that plagued users.The new update increases the version number to 11.2.11, though Google did not release a changelog for what’s new.I miss the days when Android Auto wasn't brokenTo check and see if Google has indeed fixed this long-standing issue, I updated Android Auto and Google App to the latest available version.Upon plugging my phone to my head unit, the Google Assistan

Eric

Eric

Apr 6, 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

Why your next car should come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay

I remember the first time I tried Android Auto – it was back in 2016 with the debut of the all-new tenth-generation Honda Civic. I plugged my phone via USB into the Civic, went through a few confirmation screens on my phone and started Android Auto itself.Android Auto, as how Google envisioned it, is their answer to bridging smartphones and in-car infotainment, allowing drivers to enjoy a tailored Google experience while driving. In case you’re wondering, Android Auto is strictly lim

Eric

Eric

Sep 27, 2019

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

2020 Mazda CX-30 is officially Japan’s most beautiful car

Mazda is making strides in the automotive design sphere as the 2020 Mazda CX-30 wins the 2020-2021 Japan Automobile Hall of Fame (JAHFA) Car Design of the Year.According to JAHFA, and this is translated directly by Google, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 has design coordination that approaches the realm of art. It has exterior design that insists on driving and interior design that you can enjoy with peace of mind. Pardon the Japanese.Meanwhile, the Honda Fit (or Honda Jazz in other markets) won the JAHFA

Shaun

Shaun

Nov 12, 2020

There’s a Doraemon Car Driving Challenge game that you can play on your PC

If you are sitting at home, bored with your unproductive life (because your wife is doing all the housework while dressed up pretty and cute?), know that there exists a Doraemon car driving game.The game is pretty old, but chances are, you didn’t know about until today. You can play it here on your browser. It’s a Flash media game so you will need to enable Adobe Flash Player on your browser.The premise of the game is pretty simple. Doraemon drives an open-top truck (because she is d

Hans

Hans

Apr 1, 2020

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

How to get Android Auto on any car for just RM 20!

Trust us when we say Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are make-or-break features when it comes to buying a new car in Malaysia. But not everyone of us can go after a new car in this economic climate, so well show you the next best thing - getting Android Auto to work on the car you already own. I installed a relatively cheap (~RM 300) Android-based touchscreen headunit in my 2003 Toyota Vios, and this guide will help you get Android Auto running on something similar installed in your

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jan 17, 2021

Volvo XC40 EV's infotainment system is better than your smartphone

Volvo said that more information on the electric XC40 will be dispersed in the coming weeks and here they are drawing attention on the infotainment system.The new infotainment system is powered by Android for better intuitiveness and like Android based smartphones, it allows for personalisation and incorporates Google technology.So the system gets full integration of Android Automotive OS, Google’s open-source Android platform, with real-time updates to services such as Google Ma

Shaun

Shaun

Oct 10, 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

Volvo ramps up electrification with 2021 Volvo C40 Recharge

Volvo is intent on walking the talk when it comes to phasing out internal combustion engines (ICE). Following its plans to go fully electric by 2030, Volvo has unveiled another pure electric model, the Volvo C40 Recharge. The C40 is based on the Volvos CMA platform and is the first Volvo model in history designed as a pure electric car (whereas the recently-launched XC40 Recharge T5 is just an PHEV variant of regular combustion engine XC40). Volvo says this will be the first of an assault of pur

Jason

Jason

Mar 3, 2021

New Proton Iriz - Is It Finally A Better Car Than The Perodua Myvi?

The Proton Iriz was conceived back in 2014 as Proton’s effort to counter the ever-popular Perodua Myvi. Back then, the Iriz offered considerably more safety equipment than the Perodua Myvi, but response from the market remained lukewarm at best.Proton updated the Iriz a couple of times, with the latest update being introduced earlier this year.Five variants are available in total, up from the four variants from the 2017 update.Specifications for Proton Iriz 1.3: Engine: 1.3-litre VVT four-

Jack

Jack

Aug 5, 2019

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

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

A new car with Android Auto from just RM50k? Here's the list of the cheapest cars with it

It is no surprise that I am a strong believer of Android Auto – it encompasses everything you could possibly ask for in an infotainment system, including voice command, navigation, and music streaming.There's no need to fawn over the Proton X70's voice command, which we have to add, doesn't come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. With Android Auto, you use voice control to read/reply WhatsApp messages and enter a destination to Google Maps or Waze, as well as selecting your pl

Eric

Eric

Dec 5, 2019

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

New Proton Saga – Could This Be A Better Car Than The Perodua Bezza?

The Proton Saga is Proton’s bread and butter model, a model that has been (and still is) the default first car option for many car buyers. That quickly changed when Perodua introduced its first-ever sedan, the Bezza, back in 2016. Car buyers now have a new alternative to the evergreen Saga.The third generation Saga was introduced just two months after Perodua unveiled the Bezza, giving its core model a much-needed upgrade. Earlier this week, Proton launched the new Saga, which is

Jack

Jack

Aug 8, 2019

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

Volvo rolls out new Android-based infotainment system on more models

Volvo’s Android-based infotainment system that first made its debut on the Volvo XC40 Recharge will soon be made available on more models. Volvo will be rolling out the update in phases. The next model to offer users the convenience of Google and other Android products from the Google Play Store will be the recently refreshed 2022 Volvo XC60. The Volvo S90, V90, and V90 Cross Country are scheduled to follow next. The new infotainment system is a product of a close collaboration between Vol

Jerrica

Jerrica

Mar 11, 2021

Wapcar Morning Insiders (Sep. 6, 2019)

Today is Friday, Sep. 6 Local News VW Announces VIP – Volkswagen Insurance PlanVolkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) today announced the launch of its insurance programme, the Volkswagen Insurance Plan or “VIP”. Priority claims approval No excess fees No betterment cost Agreed value of up to 10 yearsMore on: VW Announces VIP – Volkswagen Insurance Plan Sime Darby Auto Performance confirmed the Taycan will be launched in Malaysia in 2020.Constructio

Tasia

Tasia

Sep 6, 2019

The CEO who killed the Ford Focus, Fiesta and Mondeo is stepping down, replaced by ex-Toyota man

Jim Hackett announced today that he is stepping down as CEO of Ford Motor Company, barely three years on the job.Formerly a CEO at office furniture manufacturer Steelcase, he succeeded ex-Mazda man Mark Fields at Ford. Hackett’s tenure at Ford was rocky. He had no experience with the automotive business but Executive Chairman Bill Ford was eager to have someone outside the company to transform the highly-traditional Ford.The results weren’t good, which probably explains his earlier-t

Hans

Hans

Aug 5, 2020

CKD Proton X70 – Here’s What We Know So Far

Launched back in December 2018, the Proton X70 is Proton’s first-ever SUV and is currently the most popular SUV on sale in Malaysia right now.Much of its popularity can be owed to the Proton X70’s price tag, which starts from RM 99,800, positioning the much larger X70 against smaller competitors such as the Honda HR-V.However, unlike other Proton models that are locally assembled, the Proton X70 is actually built in Geely’s Ningbo production facility in China. A couple of

Jack

Jack

Jul 31, 2019

Proton X70 - Is the GKUI infotainment system any good?

The Proton X70 is currently Proton’s latest and greatest model.As such, it features the company’s most advanced infotainment system to-date, including features such as voice command and built-in 4G LTE internet connectivity.The infotainment system is built upon Geely’s GKUI system, with Android 4.4 running underneath.Contents of the infotainment system are projected onto a 8.0-inch touchscreen with a 1280x720 resolution.What apps are included?Considering that the infotainment s

Eric

Eric

Jan 25, 2020