PROTON’S FIRST CON­NECTED CAR CAN BE BOOKED ON WEB­SITE

New Straits Times - - CBT - AR­MAN AH­MAD

PROTON is tak­ing its tech­nol­ogy-laden first SUV fur­ther into the fu­ture by en­abling an on­line book­ing func­tion on its web­site. Cus­tomers kenn to place a book­ing for the Proton X70 will be able to book and pay a de­posit for their or­der on­line from Oct 17, skip­ping the usual phys­i­cal visit to a Proton 3S or 4S out­let.

“We want to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for Malaysians to book a Proton X70 so we think this is a step in that di­rec­tion. To pro­mote our new chan­nel, we will run a pro­mo­tion for three days from the date the func­tion goes live, where those who place a book­ing for the Proton X70 will also re­ceive spe­cial gifts,” said Ab­dul Rashid Musa, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) of Proton Edar.

Just a month af­ter re­veal­ing the X70 car to the me­dia with a static pre­view, Proton con­ducted a sec­ond pre­view this week to show­case the SUV’s In­te­grated Cock­pit In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GKUI).

This time, the pre­sen­ta­tion fo­cused on voice com­mands, the pre­loaded apps and mo­bile con­nec­tiv­ity avail­able in the X70.

Present at the event was Proton CEO Dr Li Chun­rong, deputy CEO Proton Datuk Radzaif Mo­hamed as well as se­nior Proton man­age­ment mem­bers.

Equipped with an em­bed­ded eSIM card, the X70 sys­tem comes with five apps in­stalled, of­fer­ing ser­vices such as on­line ra­dio, on­line mu­sic, nav­i­ga­tion, weather fore­casts and voice recog­ni­tion.

The apps and other car func­tions are con­trolled via an 8-inch An­droid based touch­screen in­ter­face fea­tur­ing a 1280 x 720 full colour dis­play and 16GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory space. The sys­tem also has Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity so the X70 can be used as a mo­bile hotspot.

With the X70, the car maker is also in­tro­duc­ing an app called Proton Link, which en­able own­ers to pair the X70 with their mo­bile phone or other per­sonal mo­bile de­vice.

Each car buyer is given an in­di­vid­ual ID which en­ables them to cre­ate a pro­file of their driv­ing, thanks to the on­board telem­at­ics that will record data such as dis­tance trav­elled, fuel econ­omy, jour­ney times and even keep track of ser­vice in­ter­vals.

Also in­cluded is the op­tion to ‘find my car’ func­tion which Proton says will be use­ful when park­ing in large and un­fa­mil­iar park­ing com­plexes.

“The GKUI sys­tem in the Proton X70 al­lows own­ers to stay al­most con­stantly con­nected to their car. It’s an ac­tive two-way sys­tem that al­lows for mul­ti­ple op­tions to fit the pref­er­ences of in­di­vid­ual own­ers. In fu­ture, the abil­ity to down­load ad­di­tional apps will also be of­fered and just like mo­bile de­vices, it means no two cars will be ex­actly alike,” said Ab­dul Rashid.

One of the ma­jor new tech­nolo­gies be­ing in­tro­duced with this new model is the voice con­trol fea­ture as seen fea­tured in a widely shared video of Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad test­ing the SUV.

The fea­ture is ac­ti­vated by a voice com­mand “Hi Proton”, fol­lowed by com­mands for var­i­ous con­trols in the car which in­cludes op­er­at­ing of the win­dows, air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tem and even ac­cess­ing the nav­i­ga­tion app to look for places to eat nearby.

Proton said true hands-free op­er­a­tion for a num­ber of func­tions on the Proton X70 was now pos­si­ble thanks to the ad­vanced voice recog­ni­tion soft­ware.

“The Proton X70 is the first Proton model to use voice recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy, which is some­thing we think our own­ers will ap­pre­ci­ate. Hun­dreds of voice sam­ples were recorded for each phrase to en­sure the sys­tem would have a high de­gree of ac­cu­racy even when you take di­alects into ac­count. For ease of use, the GKUI will also type out each spo­ken phrase on the screen to con­firm each com­mand.

“Cur­rently, the GKUI of­fers voice recog­ni­tion for English phrases only as there are soft­ware lim­i­ta­tions but we have en­sured the phrases it recog­nises are easy to use even for own­ers who are not flu­ent speak­ers of the lan­guage,” he added.

Run­ning on an An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem, the sys­tem also of­fers An­droid mo­bile de­vice users full mir­ror­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Apps on mo­bile de­vices can be ac­cessed on the Proton X70’s touch­screen. How­ever, Ap­ple OS user won’t be able to do the same al­though they will be able to con­nect to the X70 via Blue­tooth to ac­cess tele­phone and con­tact list func­tions.

The apps and other car func­tions are con­trolled via an 8-inch An­droid based touch­screen in­ter­face fea­tur­ing a 1280 x 720 full colour dis­play and 16GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory space.

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