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Top Gear (Malaysia) - - Contents - Daryl Loy ED­I­TOR e di to [email protected] to p gear-malaysia.c o m

If you search long enough for the WiFi pass­word at my favourite Mex­i­can joint in Ban­dar Sun­way, you’ll find a sign re­mind­ing you to ‘talk to each other’. So­cial­is­ing in per­son is slowly be­com­ing a thing of the past now that we’re of­ten trans­fixed on so­cial me­dia in­stead. Cou­ple this trend with the lat­est in the automotive in­dus­try and we could be look­ing at a fu­ture where peo­ple spend more time talk­ing to their cars than they do with their loved ones.

We’ve spent much of the past month dis­sect­ing two talk­ing cars oc­cu­py­ing two dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent seg­ments. The first one up is the highly-an­tic­i­pated Pro­ton X70 (page 66), which is es­sen­tially a Geely Boyue un­der­neath its tiger-badged skin. More than just a crowd pleaser in an SUV-ob­sessed mar­ket, Pro­ton has gone to great lengths to give its new­est of­fer­ing an edge over the com­pe­ti­tion. This meant giv­ing it a voice and the in­tel­li­gence to not only un­der­stand nat­u­ral speech, but act on it. The orig­i­nal writ­ers of Knight Rider prob­a­bly never saw this com­ing.

The GKUI (Geely Smart Ecosys­tem) in the X70 adopts the same voice-recog­ni­tion soft­ware used in the new W177 A-Class which was launched re­cently. Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX sys­tem was quite the rev­e­la­tion when we first sam­pled it in Croatia back in April (page 128). It isn’t peer­less now that the X70 has come about sport­ing sim­i­lar tech, but the new A-Class is still a highly im­pres­sive prod­uct that should give Mercedes-Benz a big boost in the com­pact car seg­ment in the years to come.

All we’re miss­ing now is a mo­tor­cy­cle that can talk. Speak­ing of which, Mo­toGP comes to Sepang this month. To mark the oc­ca­sion, Thoriq Azmi has prepped some en­ter­tain­ing bike con­tent from page 134, start­ing with his re­view of the Honda CB1000R “Neo Sports Café” be­fore cap­ping things off with a trib­ute to our very own Mo­toGP hero, Hafizh Syahrin.

Whether you’re driv­ing an over-en­gi­neered car or keep­ing things in­ter­est­ing on two wheels, stay safe on the road and en­joy the ride.

128Mercedes A-Class

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