ACO Tech – Joint venture between Proton, ECarX and Altel to conduct car connectivity R&D in Malaysia

ACO Tech – Joint venture between Proton, ECarX and Altel to conduct car connectivity R&D in Malaysia

Last June, Proton announced that it has entered into a joint venture with Altel Communications and ECarX (Hubei) Technology for the development of car connectivity technology and products. A new company, ACO Tech was formed in September 2019 from that joint venture agreement, and the fruits of the work done by ACO Tech will serve markets both in Malaysia and in the greater Asean region.

The partnership between Proton and ECarX began with the joint creation of the Global Key User Interface (GKUI) for the Proton X70 in 2018, and ACO Tech aims to further refine and increase localised content within the GKUI for Proton.

ACO Tech plays a vital role in the localisation of Proton’s infotainment head unit (IHU) software, which will be infused with “local flavours” to better suit the preferences and and driving habits of local customers, said Li Pu, chief executive officer of ACO Tech.

Beyond its Malaysian market application, localisation of the GKUI-based infotainment system will also apply in other markets too. ACO Tech is developing a Thai version of the GKUI setup in preparation for the future export of the Proton X70 and the X50 to Thailand, according to firm.

ACO Tech endeavours to support and contribute to Proton and the Malaysian automotive industry, to keep pace with global automotive innovations, and to become the market leader in the car connectivity industry, the CEO said. Li is also the vice president of ECarX China, and has worked in various telecommunications firms in China before joining the automotive industry in 2015.

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  • longjaafar on Nov 16, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    JV with Mimos too.

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  • spotify user on Nov 17, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Just give us headunit with Android Auto and Apple Carplay la that’s what Malaysian wants. We want the radio to run Spotify and Waze, not Joox and Baidu Here map. No need sembang JV here and there.

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    • Copy Paste on Nov 17, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      Copy paste: “Android Auto will be available when the service is officially launched in Malaysia”
      Basically meant those bashers that bash Proton for not having Android Auto with GKUI have to eat their spit and vomit, hahaha!!!!”

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    • newme on Nov 18, 2020 at 4:32 pm

      They will give you baidu, baibai, dingduoduo, chingchongchong, bingbangbong and all other China crap.

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  • PaulTeh on Nov 17, 2020 at 9:38 am

    All we want is apple car play and Android auto. End of story

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Nov 17, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    waste time and money only

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  • close on Jul 28, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Ask them Close shop la… What a rubbish upgrade X50!!!!!

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