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Autonomous Proton Exora sampled by Tun Mahathir

At the 5G Malaysia Showcase in Putrajaya, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was taken for a ride in an autonomous Proton Exora while being accompanied by communications and multimedia minister Gobind Singh Deo.

As reported by Soyacincau, the demo vehicle prepared by Celcom was fitted with an array of cameras, radar and LIDAR sensors allowing it to sense its surroundings. These inputs are linked to a driverless system developed by eMooVit Technology, a startup focused on autonomous driving technologies, which is headquartered in Singapore.

This system is capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, so the vehicle can essentially drive itself. However, a driver is still required behind the wheel, so the steering wheel and pedals cannot be omitted from the cabin.

Additionally, the system is linked to a central server to ensure it obtains the latest mapping information. This Vehicle-communication goes both ways too, as the system will send updates that could be beneficial to other vehicles like obstructions or other road hazards.

This Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) communication is dependent on mobile data, which is where the speed and low latency offered by 5G connectivity becomes relevant.

Should there be any issues involving the network or server, the car will rely solely on its onboard system, or the driver can take over. As this is a test vehicle, an emergency button can fully override the system, giving the driver full control again.

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