The Malaysian government is willing to allow ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab to provided that they obtain the same commercial vehicle insurance as taxis. The regulations are not in effect yet, and the Ministry of Transportation is still waiting for the Land Public Transport Commission to finish collecting feedback from the public.
UberX, the more affordable option of Uber’s services, has gotten even more affordable than before. The company announced that it has revised its pricing structure and the new fares will take effect immediately starting today (18th January 2016). The price revision is quite significant as it reduces the base fare and running tariff of UberX.
About a month ago, Celcom introduced its “Greatest Giveaway” campaign that will run for three months. Last month, Celcom gave out RM1 million worth of movie tickets. This time around, the company is giving out more than one million litres worth of petrol, in the form of RM30 petrol vouchers.
Apple has released a dedicated website containing a full list of 2016 (and a few 2017) cars that will support its CarPlay automotive software. The listed vehicles are from 21 brands including Ferrari, Honda, and Volkswagen. Older vehicles can also be retrofitted with audio systems that support CarPlay. According to Apple’s website, however, some of these models may not be available in all areas.
After launching two models in 2014 and 2015, Vertu and Bentley Motors today have launched yet another new device as part of their five-years partnership. However, this particular release is not a brand product though but instead, it is based on the New Signature Touch smartphone that Vertu has launched few months ago.
Chinese UAV company, EHang has lately introduced a working prototype of a new “drone” known as the 184 Personal Flying Vehicle. This large, particular drone is capable of carrying a human passenger to any destination within a 23-minute flight time reach. The 184 is set to fly under 11,000 feet, as well as having the ability to fly at a top speed of 62mph (99km/h).
Volkswagen announced a new version of its vehicle, the e-Golf Touch in Consumer Electronics Show 2016 (CES). The vehicle supports gesture controls, despite the word ‘touch’ included in its name, which makes it different from the regular e-Golf models. It comes with a 9.2-inch configurable home screen and wireless charging for every passenger in the vehicle.
This year, Ford will be adding both CarPlay and Android Auto platforms to the 2016 and 2017 edition of its vehicles. All 2017 Ford models with the company’s Sync 3 infotainment platform that are sold in North America will ship with CarPlay and Android Auto, while the 2016 models will be upgraded “later in the year.”
Nvidia has announced what is possibly the most powerful computer intended for cars in the new Drive PX 2. Intended to provide the necessary computing power for autonomous vehicles, the Nvidia Drive PX 2 is as powerful as 100 Macbook Pros combined; and that’s just the beginning.
When we talk about Uber, most people would think of it as a replacement to taxis. A lot of ruckus has been going on in Malaysia between ride-sharing services, SPAD and taxi drivers, but let’s welcome the new year by looking at the more positive side of things – Uber completed its billionth trip, and it is rewarding those involved.
GrabCar is celebrating the festive season with Star Wars The Force Awakens cars. These promotional cars will be available for rides until 30 December, and are part of a pair of Star Wars contests being run by the company. Although those who don’t want to win the prizes can still hail the cars for regular rides.
Google and Ford are apparently preparing to announce a joint venture to make autonomous cars at CES next year. The collaboration will see a new separate company that will limit the liability of either company in the event that something goes wrong with the vehicles, although few details are known about the deal.