PHOTO - Malaysia's First 4G Car - the PROTON Inspira with Yes 4G, which features three iPad 2 customised charging docks, and Bluetooth-enabled sound system.
Malaysian WiMax firm YTL Communications' Yes 4G service will be installed in new vehicle models made by national car manufacturer PROTON. This collaboration will result in Malaysia's first 4G Internet-capable vehicles, said the companies.
Speaking on 22 February 2012, YTL Communications executive director Dato' Yeoh Seok Hong said the Yes 4G service would be a standard feature in new Proton models such as the upcoming sedan, the P3-21A.
Yeoh said the Proton cars would tap into the Yes 4G mobile Internet network, which currently covers more than 65 percent of the country's populated areas. "Yes is the only wireless network operator in the country that offers seamless 4G connectivity along the full 960km stretch of the North-South Expressway and a large portion of the East-Coast Expressway."
"We would like to applaud PROTON for having the foresight to provide 4G connectivity to its customers," he said." In today's world, high-speed mobile connectivity is just as essential as music players and air conditioning in automobiles. We are very excited to embark on the journey of making this vision a reality with PROTON."
"Yes is about bringing positive change and we are fully committed to providing better Internet for all," said Yeoh, who added that up to five mobile devices can be connected to the car's micro wireless network at any one time providing high-speed Internet access to users. "In the future, PROTON and Yes aim to enable drivers with smart applications like remote real-time vehicle diagnostics, security and location-based services that will make the driving experience a safer, more convenient and enjoyable one."
"The role of the automobile is diversifying and changing rapidly," said PROTON Holdings Group (PROTON) managing director, Dato' Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir. "It is no longer viewed solely for mobility purposes but is evolving into an extension of an individual's social and business circle. A fast wireless 4G connection in the car keeps you connected to this circle whatever your location may be. This initiative has been designed with the intention of offering Proton customers speed, mobility, convenience and greater productivity while on the road."
"It's not just about having the car 4G-empowered," said Syed Zainal. "We are now working to embed this technology into future Proton models. And this initiative is certainly in line with our brand promise of being 'Committed To Be Better, as we are constantly seeking ways to enhance the ownership experience of a Proton car"
Established in 1983, Malaysian car maker PROTON is also full-scale OEM (official equipment manufacturer) car manufacturer in Southeast Asia.
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