Singapore 

Funny or dangerous? Blogger Xiaxue says ghost stickers on cars should be made illegal, Singapore News

Imagine driving on the roads at night and suddenly coming face-to-face with a couple of ‘ghosts’. However, you later discover you did not have a close encounter with some spectres… it was just ghost stickers on the back windscreen of a car. Does the shock factor of these decals make driving unsafe for other road users? Local blogger and social media personality Xiaxue thinks so. Stomp contributor Edwin alerted Stomp to Xiaxue’s series of Instagram Stories after her mother encountered a BMW driver who had put ghost stickers on the…

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Vietnam 

Taxes on imported cars from EU to fall to 0% – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

    Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Quốc Khánh at the press conference. — VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — The taxes on imported cars from Europe to Việt Nam will drop to zero per cent in the next nine to 10 years, creating new competitiveness in the automobile market. Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Trần Quốc Khánh made the statement at a press conference held in Hà Nội on Thursday. Việt Nam and the European Union officially signed the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the Europe-Việt Nam…

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Global 

South Koreans call for boycott of Japanese cars, beer and cosmetics as ‘trade war’ intensifies

Calls for South Koreans to boycott Japanese products ranging from cars to beer to cosmetics are mounting, with an online petition urging Seoul to “retaliate” against Tokyo for its curbs on exports of hi-tech materials garnering 17,000 supporters in four days.The petition was posted on the presidential Blue House website on Monday after Japan announced restrictions on three key materials used by South Korean firms to make smartphone display panels and chips, a move Seoul condemned as “outright… Source link

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Singapore 

Inward-facing cameras in cabs, private-hire cars allowed to make audio recording too, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Barely two weeks after taxis and private-hire cars were allowed to have inward-facing video cameras, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Tuesday (July 2) that these cameras are also allowed to make audio recordings. In a statement, the LTA cited a poll by the government feedback unit which found 90 per cent of respondents were in favour of such recordings. The authority said having audio “makes the recordings more effective in supporting investigations into inappropriate or violent behaviour as well as fare-related disputes”. This new ruling will…

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Singapore 

Singapore first ‘Netflix for cars’ lets you switch between Ferraris, Porsches and Maseratis every month , Lifestyle, Singapore News

It’s been said that comparison is the thief of joy. But when you’re living in the world’s most expensive city, owning a fancy luxury car is mostly a pie in the sky unless you’re one of those crazy rich asians. In that case, shoo! You probably already own a garage full of atas cars of every brand, colour and make. If you’re just a commoner like I am, who’ll probably have to sell my kidney and first-born child in order to afford one, then you’ll want to read on. Carro, Singapore’s…

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Vietnam 

Mercedes-Benz VN recalls more than 1,600 cars – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  The recalled vehicles include the C200, C250, C300, E200, E250 and E300 models. — Photo cafef.vn HÀ NỘI — Mercedes-Benz Việt Nam is recalling 1,648 vehicles over a steering gearbox issue. According to the German car maker, the recalled vehicles include the C200, C250, C300, E200, E250 and E300 models. The recalled units were manufactured between June 2016 and November 2017.  On the affected Mercedes Benz cars, the steering wheel becomes tighter than usual and there are warning sounds and a red warning light on the speedometer. The fault was due to the…

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Singapore 

BMW driven by elderly woman crashes into and mounts cars at carpark near Wheelock Place, Singapore News

A BMW driven by an elderly woman ended up on two parked cars at the Angullia Park surface carpark next to Wheelock Place on Wednesday (June 12) at about 4pm. Several Stomp contributors alerted Stomp to photos circulating online of the incident. At least two other cars were damaged as well. A video taken at the scene was posted on Reddit. Stomp understands the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) deployed two fire bikes, one red rhino, a pump engine, an ambulance and one rescue tender to the scene. No injuries…

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Ecommerce 

Alibaba ties up with Audi, Renault and Honda to offer smart voice services in cars in China

Alibaba Group Holding announced partnerships with auto giants Audi, Renault and Honda on Tuesday, as the e-commerce juggernaut rolls out voice discovery services in cars at a time when smart speaker devices have become a battlefront among internet companies.Under the agreement, new cars with smart and internet-enabled features from the companies in China, will integrate Tmall Genie Auto, an artificial intelligence (AI) platform developed by Alibaba AI lab.Alibaba Group Holding announced… Source link

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China 

China’s electric vehicles sales may increase 27 per cent this year to a record, as their popularity offset slumping demand for cars

Electric vehicles (EVs) are projected to gain popularity with Chinese car owners this year, as new designs with improved performance offset a government cut in price subsidies in the world’s largest vehicle market.Sales of battery-powered and plug-ins that run on hybrid gasoline-electric engines are likely to grow by 27 per cent to a record 1.6 million units in 2019, from last year’s sales of 1.26 EVs, Xinhua News Agency said, citing data by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers … Source link

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Vietnam 

Grab cars must have roof signs: draft – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Cars which provided passenger transportation services via ride-hailing platforms like Grab will have to have roof signs showing that they were “contract vehicles”.  – Photo baogiaothong.vn   HÀ NỘI — Cars which provide passenger transportation services via ride-hailing platforms like Grab will have to have roof signs showing that they were “contract vehicles”. This was a highlight in the latest version of the draft decree on automobile transportation businesses, replacing Decree 86/2014/NĐ-CP, which the Ministry of Transport recently submitted to the Government. The ministry said that it wanted to create a…

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