BUKIT LANJAN: Go on sleeping, Transport Ministry … when you wake up, you will find yourself in a ‘cave’

BUKIT LANJAN: Go on sleeping, Transport Ministry … when you wake up, you will find yourself in a ‘cave’

Many have cynically remarked that technology, especially in electric vehicles (EVs), are not affordable.

Didn’t such cynics also said the same when cars were invented and put on the roads? Soon after, the Japanese introduced cars that were extremely affordable.

“Likewise, I most certainly believe autonomous EVs will become affordable to all in the not so distant future,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said it was sad that many Malaysians had no foresight for the future and technology advancement, always rubbishing EVs by citing affordability and impracticability.

“I do hope such Malaysians will change their minds and embrace science and technology. The researches and inventions are really, not something from Hollywood movies,” he added.

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Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said such Malaysian cynics should take note of the
Reuters’ report posted by The Star Online titled “Self-driving costs could drop 90% by 2025, Delphi CEO says”.

He said cynics of science and technology should look at history and inventions before demonising or rubbishing the evolution of the digital era.

“EVs and whatever future digital products of evolution will most certainly affect the lifestyles of humankind, unless one chooses to live in the cave.

“As for the Malaysian government, it’s continuous refusal to embrace e-bikes and EVs for Malaysians is a disservice to the rakyat (people).

“Go on sleeping, especially the Transport Ministry … when you wake up, you will find yourself in a cave,” he added.

Here’s the Reuters’ report as posted by The Star Online:

"Self-driving costs could drop 90% by 2025, Delphi CEO says
Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017
6:00 AM MYTby paul lienert

One of the biggest opportunities for cutting costs will come as automakers, working with companies such as Delphi/Aptiv, begin to re-engineer their basic vehicle platforms specifically to accommodate electric motors, batteries and self-driving sensors. — Delphi Automotive Plc

DETROIT: Delphi Automotive Plc, which is changing its name to Aptiv Inc, wants to cut the cost of self-driving cars by more than 90% to around US$5,000 (RM20,260) by 2025, according to chief executive officer Kevin Clark.

Aptiv, which starts trading on Tuesday under the stock symbol APTV on the New York Stock Exchange, also wants to help automakers rethink the way vehicles are engineered and built and make money on the data generated by autonomous electric vehicles.

A spinout, Delphi Technologies, will continue to trade under the symbol DLPH on the New York Stock Exchange and will focus on traditional engine components. Aptiv will concentrate on self-driving and other technologies. The changes are effective after the exchange closes on Monday.

While current estimates for the cost of a self-driving hardware and software package range from US$70,000 (RM283,680) to US$150,000 (RM607,880), "the cost of that autonomous driving stack by 2025 will come down to about US$5,000 (RM20,260) because of technology developments and (higher) volume," Clark said in an interview.

"We're working now with our customers to optimise" existing platforms, Clark said, and redesign future vehicle platforms that will have fewer components, but much more software, better communications capability and advanced safety systems.

"Looking five to 10 years out, given the amount of software going into the car, the complexity of (self-driving) systems and infotainment systems, the basic architecture of the vehicle needs to be rethought," he said.

Clark said Delphi, which said in October it was buying self-driving startup noTonomy for US$450mil (RM1.8bil) "is always looking at acquisition opportunities to enhance our strategic position," but has no immediate targets.

The company will continue to invest in firms focused on data collection and analysis in order to help manufacturing customers "accelerate product development, reduce warranty costs and monetize data" in new ways, he said.

The high cost of self-driving systems means individual customers aren't likely to see such systems installed in personal vehicles in much volume before 2025, Clark said.

"You're going to see more acceptance and more deployment in the commercial market, where there's economic incentive" and where fleet operators "are in a better position to absorb that cost" than traditional automakers, he said.

In late-morning trade, Delphi was down 0.3% to US$103.25 (RM418.42) . The stock is up 54% since Jan 1.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Joseph Spak on Monday issued an "outperform" rating on the new Aptiv, with a price target of US$100 (RM405), and the spinout Delphi Technologies, with a price target of US$60 (RM243.15). — Reuters



  1. My dear Mr Syed, there are many of us who had the good luck of seeing the future,knowing electric is the way forward but there are many more schooled by our system to live in caves in Malaysia. How can we change the mindset of the people when the would be are busy protecting the national car industry?


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