UPDATE 1, 400PM 23/09: We have received the official statement from Uber regarding this issue…and it is a feisty one. Read more to check it out.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE, 926PM 22/09:
A month ago, Uber was suddenly dragged into the limelight after local taxi operators questioned the legality of the service in Malaysia. Not enough with that, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has also pointed several legal and technical issues that the fledgling company need to address regarding its operation in Malaysia.
Today, Uber can now add Road Transport Department (JPJ) into the growing list of Malaysian authorities that have taken interest on the service. Not in a positive way though as JPJ has planned to halt Uber’s usage on private cars which is one of the issues that were pointed out by SPAD last month.
Navdy, a recent startup in San Francisco, US, has opened pre-orders for its new head-up display (HUD) device, also called Navdy. It can be mounted on the dashboard of your car, and will project imagery for navigation, or feed you alerts and information while driving. Unlike other dashboard mounted head-up displays out in the market, the Navdy unit is designed to project imagery that looks as though it appears out in front of the car, rather than a simple projection on a transparent plate.
If you’ve always wanted to try out Uber, a luxury limo service that was launched here in Kuala Lumpur about 7 months ago, but can’t afford to do so, then say hello to uberX, a low-cost product that is similar to the UberBLACK premium service, but comes with a much more affordable price.
If you’re bored of the reading about all the luxury phones from well-known brands like Tag Heuer and Vertu, you’re in luck because Vertu has just announced a partnership with premium car manufacturer, Bentley. Both companies have just signed a five-year partnership to release multiple smartphones starting from October this year.
One of the most well-known racing game series around, one of the secrets to Gran Turismo series longevity is its highly detailed circuits and car models. Not to forget, it is also made exclusively made for PlayStation consoles.
In 2015, Gran Turismo will have its own FIA-sanctioned tournament called the FIA Online Championship; thanks to the newly signed long-term partnership between the world motoring organization and the game’s creator, Polyphony Digital.
In hopes to go head to head with Apple’s CarPlay, Google is looking to show their very own In-Car system at their I/O conference next week. Rather than have a dedicated OS for an in-car system, Google is looking to project data from your Android smartphone to a car’s dashboard screen. Known as “Auto Link” internally, it will allow you to navigate the “Google Experience” using the cars own buttons, dials and controls. It’s reported that Google will not be announcing particular supported cars at I/O, instead only demonstrating the functionality.
(Source: The Verge)
Launched earlier this week, Michelin has unveiled a new motorsports-oriented web game that is called as The Right 2 Race. Using Sepang International Circuit as its background, the game is rather simple: all you need to do is choose race lines on the circuit’s map together acceleration and braking points.
What made it interesting though is that those racing lines are not only converted into lap time but they will also be “adapted” into an actual live action video complete with commentary of your driving from your so-called “team captain”. Of course, these are not just for shows…
The Challenger Cup of Red Bull Air Race in Putrajaya is finally in place today which also mark the debut of the sole Malaysian competitor, Datuk Halim Othman in the event. Unfortunately, the ex-RMAF pilot was not able to grab the top spot in the race today as he ended the race today at sixth place despite managed to clocked in faster lap time.
The day has finally come for Red Bull Air Race to go full smoke on at Putrajaya. Among the agenda for today is the qualifying round for the Master Class category and the race day for Challenger Cup category. Before the madness start though, we were allowed to walk around the (wet) hangar earlier today to take a closer look at the beautiful planes that the fearless Red Bull Air Race competitors will race throughout the next two days.
Believe it or not, Putrajaya now has its own airport. Okay, maybe that statement is not so accurate since that “airport” doesn’t service actual passengers like KLIA or KLIA 2. Instead, it is made for one sole reason: the Red Bull Air Race, which will take place this weekend at Putrajaya Lake.