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New Malaysian hatchback sports Android IVI system

Aug 19, 2013  |  Eric Brown
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Malayasian car company Proton has launched a Suprima S hatchback with an Android-based IVI system. The Proton Infotainment System runs on a “pre-ICS” version of Android, and has a 7-inch touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, microSD, and a GPS with Malaysia’s Lokatoo navigation software.

The Proton Suprima S is a hatchback version of Proton’s Preve sedan, running on a CamPro 1.6 turbo engine. It’s touted for being only the second Proton car with a 5-star safety rating from ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program). Although Proton has rebadged vehicles from Mitsubishi and other manufacturers in the past, this appears to be one of its homegrown designs. It’s unclear whether the Proton Infotainment System is built by Proton or a third-party vendor, however.



Proton Suprima S and its Proton Infotainment System
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The Android IVI system built into the Proton Suprima S was detailed most thoroughly in a report from Paultan.org, a blog devoted to the Malaysian car industry, as well as this Nasilemaktech report. The IVI system runs a “pre-ICS,” version of Android on an unstated processor, according to Paultan. The build is said to be a modified “locked down” version with no ability to upload apps. The Nasilemaktech report took a closer look and confirmed that it was at best an Android 2.3 “Gingerbead” build.

No resolution information was supplied on the 7-inch touchscreen, but Nasilemaktech says it uses resistive rather than capacitive technology. The system also includes WiFi, Bluetooth, an iPod port, and GPS, with navigation software from Lokatoo, says Paultan. Audio is Bluetooth-paired to four speakers in the Executive version of the Suprima S, and six speakers in the Premium version.

Although Paultan notes the presence of a USB port, the Nasilemaktech report bemoans the lack of a “standard USB port.” Presumably, a micro-USB connection is available instead. The story did mention the inclusion of a microSD port.

Although the report is critical of the outdated, somewhat limited firmware, it judges the system to be “more responsive and faster” than many IVI systems, and calls it “satisfying.” Both reports also speculate that hackers might be able to load some more robust custom ROMs on the device.

The Proton site offers very little information on the IVI system in the Suprima S, but notes that it offers an internet radio app.

The Proton Suprima S starts at $17,688 Malaysian Ringgits (RM), or about $24,000. More information is available in Proton’s Suprima S announcement and its Suprima S product page.
 

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