Ong: Proton-Geely partnership is timely

IPOH: Proton’s partnership with Chinese carmaker Zheijiang Geely Automotive Co Ltd is timely as cars are predicted to be the next in line to undergo the biggest form of innovation after mobile phones.

International Trade and Industry Minister II Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said in light of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, Malaysia was fortunate to have Geely in as Proton’s strategic partner to ensure the national carmaker’s survival should cars become fully electronic in the future.

Industrial Revolution 4.0, or Industry 4.0, is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing.

“After attending the Hannover Messe – the world’s biggest trade fair for industrial technology – they talked about fully electronic cars that come equipped with an autopilot function,” said Ong.

He added that this could mean a future where cars came without steering wheels.

“With just the touch of a panel, the car will bring you to your destination. Next year, Volvo will be launching their first full-autopilot vehicle and it is currently undergoing a year-long test run,” he told a press conference after witnessing the swearing-in of the new line-up of Perak Chinese Cemeteries Management Association committee members here on Sunday.

Ong said this is why Geely will be Proton’s partner in adapting to new technological innovations in the car-making industry.

Geely successfully acquired Volvo in 2010

“I’m not saying to expect Proton to be a front-liner in this, but at least with a strategic partner, they can work and move along with the times,” said Ong.

Source: The Star Online

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