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    The real 3D car navigation software will be in Malaysia this year Read the full news from Bernama below.


    Malaysian-owned Aapico Hitech PCL, one of the leading autoparts manufacturers in Thailand, is planning to launch the first real 3D car navigation software in Malaysia and Singapore by year-end.

    Its president and chief executive officer, Yeap Swee Chuan, said his IT experts were putting the final touches to the Powermap X2 software, including images of prominent landmarks in the two countries.

    “The map is ready…in fact, we have already sent it for some editing in Malaysia and for images to be incorporated. With this, drivers can drive all the way from Thailand to Malaysia and Singapore, without worrying about getting lost,” he said after a visit by Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Huzni Zai Yaacob to the Aapico plant here.

    Yeap said the Powermap X2 would certainly transform the car navigation industry in Malaysia and Singapore as it was equipped with the latest technology available in the market, with 3D features.

    Since establishing the Able ITS company in 2004 to develop the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and capture the niche market, Yeap said they had spent about US$2 million to develop the software, including hiring IT brains from Germany, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.

    Launched in February to become Thailand’s first real 3D car navigation software, Yeap said, Powermap X2 had been doing very well, and currently available in AVT, i-fox, JVC, Panasonic, Priority, Worldtech and Zulex products nationwide.

    “Our staff are continuosly updating the database. Powermap users can get the map upgrade from our website or from our dealers,” said the founder and Thai stock exchange-listed Aapico, a leading automotive jig and die designers and manufacturers, as well as OEM parts producers.

    Developed with the cooperation of the world’s leading map producer, Navteq, Yeap said the software displayed 3D landmarks and junction views, providing users with confidence and ease, in following driving directions even at difficult intersections.

    To ensure maximum benefits to users and attract wide range of customers, the Powermap X2 comes with a choice of voice navigation in Thai, English, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese.

    Yeap said the Powermap X2 was also equipped to support the Traffic Monitoring Communication (TMC) real-time navigation, and can be customised for companies such as fleet management systems for transport companies.

    “If the TMC can be integrated into the car navigation system, we can beat the traffic jams.

    “We are working closely with the Thai Government on achieving this, and ready to offer our service to the Malaysian Government, as well,” he said.

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