Automotive

Why Aren’t More People Using Apps for Smart Commuting?

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 weeks ago · 14 Comments · 5.6k views

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We live at such an exciting period. The smartphone industry is at its most exciting in recent memory, and intense competition means a decent device can be purchased for not a lot of money. At the same time, innovations by future-thinking individuals are ensuring you can do so much more with just a smartphone.

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Audi, BMW, and Daimler Officially Become New Owners of Nokia’s HERE Mapping Services

by Chief Chapree · 4 weeks ago · 1 Comment · 709 views

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We are already aware of the deal for quite some time and today, it is finally official: Nokia’s well-known HERE mapping and locations services have been purchased by a consortium of German automakers that consisted of Audi, BMW and Daimler. According to the official announcement by Nokia, the consortium agreed to purchase HERE for EUR 2.8 billion which is around RM 11.76 billion.

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Audi, BMW, And Daimler Close To Buying Nokia Here Maps

by Farhan · 1 month ago · 1 Comment · 472 views

 

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A consortium of German car makers have supposedly agreed in principle to buy Nokia’s Here mapping service. Audi, BMW, and Daimler plan to purchase the Here for $2.7 billion (RM10.2 billion) and later invite other car manufacturers to invest in the company.

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Apple Recruits More Auto Industry Veterans; Fuels Rumours Of Electric Cars

by Farhan · 1 month ago · No Comments · 343 views

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Rumours of a potential electric vehicle from Apple have surfaced again after the company recently recruited several auto industry veterans. As a consumer electronics manufacturer, Apple would have little use for the expertise that these people bring; unless it is actually building a car.

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Waze Begins Testing “RideWith” Carpooling App

by Farhan · 2 months ago · 11 Comments · 1.3k views

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Waze has begun a limited trial run of its new carpooling service called RideWith. The app aims to match people on similar routes and make it easier to find a carpool to and from work. It is currently only available in Waze’s home country of Israel, but it should be expanding to the rest of the world over time.

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Further With Ford 2015 Demonstrates Convergence of Automobile and Tech Industries

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 months ago · 1 Comment · 1.5k views

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“What in the world are we doing here?”

That was a prevailing thought in the early stages of the Future With Ford, which we attended over the course of this week. But as the keynotes and experiential tours passed, we noticed that the group of global journalists invited were not merely from automotive publications: there were people from economic dailies, radio talk shows, other tech media, and even analysts in global trends. One of the keynote speakers was Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.

Clearly, this was a different sort of global event.

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Taxi Drivers Protest Against Grabcar; Threaten To Blockade KL

by Farhan · 2 months ago · 27 Comments · 5.3k views

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Members of the Malaysian Taxi Drivers’ Transformation Association (PERS1M) picketed in front of the MyTeksi headquarters in Petaling Jaya to protest against the continued operation of app based ride sharing services like MyTeksi-owned GrabCar and Uber. The taxi drivers claim that these services are taking away their livelihood by offering rides cheaper than taxis.

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Vertu Unveils An RM85,000 Dumb Phone

by Farhan · 2 months ago · 5 Comments · 3.9k views

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Vertu is easily the world’s most premium mobile device maker, with prices ranging into thousands of US dollars for a simple phone. Its most recent device, a mobile phone made in conjunction with Bentley, is the ultimate expression of form over function. Which is especially important if you want your electronics to match the aesthetic of your really expensive Bentley.

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Baidu Teams Up With BMW To Introduce Driverless Cars To China By Year End

by Farhan · 3 months ago · 1 Comment · 228 views

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Chinese internet giant Baidu has announced plans to introduce autonomous vehicles to China by the end of the year. These cars appear to be based on BMW’s technology for semi-autonomous driving, but there are few details beyond the initial news report.

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Got Into 11 Accidents Since Inception

by Andrew Cheng · 4 months ago · 9 Comments · 4.2k views

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Google has published a post mentioning that its self-driving cars have gotten into 11 accidents ever since it was tested on the road six years ago. However, before you assume that self-driving cars are not reliable, all 11 of the accidents were not the cars’ fault.

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German Car-makers Preparing For A Formal Bid To Buy Nokia’s Here Maps

by Farhan · 4 months ago · No Comments · 447 views

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Nokia may really be preparing to divest itself of the Here maps service. A collective group of German car-makers, supported by Chinese firm Baidu. Here provides maps for a large portion of the automotive industy, and gaining control of it would be a very strategic move for the German manufacturers.

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Norway, The First Country To Shut Down FM Radio Services In 2017

by Terry Bass · 4 months ago · No Comments · 1.6k views

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Norway’s Minister of Culture has announced that the FM radio service in the country will be switched off for good in the industry’s transition into digital radio. The change will go through a few stages and will happen in 2017.

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