BMW at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas

BMW is shaping the future of mobility and the way we experience it through ongoing development projects and technically revolutionary innovations in automated driving, intelligent connectivity and interior design. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, taking place in Las Vegas on 5 – 8 January 2017, the German premium car maker will present a wide range of new products and services which are set to headline this radical change in the very near future. It will also be revealing a vision of an interior whose architecture and user interface are extensively adapted for fully automated driving on board a vehicle that is seamlessly integrated into the driver’s digital life. The innovations BMW is presenting at the CES show in design, technology and functionality emphasise the company’s leading role over many years – through its ConnectedDrive programme – in the field of connected driving.

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Klaus Frohlich(Board Member BMW AG) with BMW i Inside Future Concept at CES 2017, Las Vegas

BMW’s pioneering advances in the areas of automated driving, intelligent connectivity and control and display systems are closely interconnected. The company offers highly innovative systems and technologies in all these areas. Examples include the driver assistance systems available for the brand’s current model range, the BMW Connected digital mobility companion and intuitive and flexible control and display systems such as the Head-Up Display, BMW iDrive, voice control and BMW gesture control. Such technologies provide an ideal platform for innovations aimed at delivering a futuristic mobility experience defined by hallmark BMW characteristics.

Steady progress towards automated driving is reducing driver stress and offering drivers a new degree of freedom in how they use their time in the car. At the same time, intelligent connectivity between vehicles, drivers and the outside world is creating new scope for efficient, creative and stimulating use of this freed-up time. At the CES 2017 show, BMW will be showcasing the potential of connected mobility with demonstration drives in a prototype based on the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. This will provide an opportunity to experience innovative digital services underpinned by BMW Connected and the flexible Open Mobility Cloud platform. BMW will also present the BMW Connected Window – its vision for an innovative digital touchpoint highlighting the breadth of possible applications for BMW Connected services not only in the car but also in the home. Looking into the future of interior design, the focus will be on innovative display and control technology. The BMW i Inside Future sculpture at the CES show will showcase BMW HoloActive Touch, which marks a new dimension in how drivers select and control vehicle, navigation, infotainment and communication functions.

The future of personalised driving.

Demonstration drives in the BMW 5 Series Sedan-based prototype will shine the spotlight on a personalised, connected driving experience in a highly automated vehicle. A variety of technical modifications to support automated driving, based on the research & development projects of autonomous driving, have been incorporated into the new BMW 5 Series for the purposes of the demonstrations. On specific route segments, drivers can hand over both longitudinal control tasks and lateral control to the assistance systems, which frees them up to concentrate on other activities. The sensor and control technology that makes it possible for drivers not only to delegate acceleration and braking to the vehicle but also to take their hands off the steering wheel for long periods at a stretch is based on a further-refined prototype solution based on the driver assistance systems already fitted in today’s production vehicles. This is another reminder of the high quality and potential of the technology already deployed in current BMW models.

From vision (CES 2016) to product (2017): the BMW Connected personal digital mobility companion.

With ConnectedDrive, BMW was an early pioneer in enabling extensive in-car access to online infotainment and communication functions. In spring 2016, BMW went on to provide a digital platform – in the shape of BMW Connected – which customers can access not only in their BMW but also on a wide range of devices outside the vehicle. This allows mobility planning to be seamlessly integrated into users’ digital lifestyles, supporting them both on the road and in other areas of their daily lives. The concept of BMW Connected and the Open Mobility Cloud was first presented at CES 2016. The market launch in the USA took place soon after, in March 2016. BMW Connected has been available in Europe since August 2016, and China followed suit in the fourth quarter of 2016.

A further system presented by BMW at last year’s CES and likewise brought to market in record-quick time is the research application Remote 3D View. By combining the Surround View driver assistance system with BMW Connected connectivity features, this system allows a three-dimensional view of the vehicle and its surroundings to be transmitted via a mobile data connection to the driver’s smartphone. The service, which allows drivers to keep their eye on their parked vehicle at any time, regardless of their location, will make its production model debut in February 2017 on board the new BMW 5 Series Sedan.

Intelligent connectivity.

BMW Connected turns the vehicle and mobile devices into touchpoints for the Open Mobility Cloud. At CES 2017, BMW will be showcasing digital services that will allow drivers of future automated vehicles to optimise the way they plan their daily lives. One such feature will enable drivers to access wide-ranging information about places or buildings they see along their route. The information can be selected using BMW Augmented Gesture Control – a new form of gesture control – by pointing at a particular building, for example. The connected driving experience will also be enhanced by intelligent voice control. BMW Connected demos will feature a visionary concept of an in-car voice-controlled personal digital assistant that customers are familiar with in other areas of their daily life. The system being presented at CES 2017 is the in-car application of Microsoft’s Cortana. This means that the voice-controlled capabilities already offered by Microsoft Cortana on a home PC could or smartphone in future also be available on board a BMW. For example, BMW Connected can provide a reminder en-route of an upcoming appointment for which no location has yet been fixed. And Cortana can be used to make a suitable restaurant recommendation and reserve a table.

Another service possible with future versions of BMW Connected is delivery of tens of thousands of goods while the customer is on the road. Amazon Prime Now, which is integrated into all the user’s devices (both in and outside the vehicle) via the Open Mobility Cloud, enables goods to be ordered through the app while drivers are on the way to their next destination. The En-Route Delivery service will be presented at CES 2017 in conjunction with Amazon Prime Now.

A further example of this collaboration with Amazon Prime Now is BMW Passenger Mode. Based on the selected route, BMW Connected can tell when the vehicle will switch to automated driving and the driver could have time, say, to use Amazon Prime Video. In Passenger Mode, the vehicle can then adapt to the passengers’ needs in different situations. For instance, when rear-seat passengers start playing a video, the interior lighting is immediately dimmed and the sunblinds closed.

Innovative control and display technologies.

The BMW i Inside Future sculpture at CES 2017 focuses on the opportunities and challenges presented by fully automated driving. What will we be able to do in an interior of the future? What kind of experience will a car journey offer? BMW i Inside Future shows there will be no conflict between personalisation and sharing in the car of the future. It also showcases BMW HoloActive Touch, BMW’s latest take on the future of in-car control and display technology.

BMW HoloActive Touch is the latest chapter in a story that began with BMW iDrive. That system, which was revolutionary when first introduced and was subsequently imitated throughout the automotive industry, was both a substitute for and a complement to conventional switches and buttons.

With the Air Touch system, featured at CES 2016 in the BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept car, BMW presented a panoramic display that can be operated just like a touchscreen – except that there is no actual contact involved. Now this system has been taken a stage further with BMW HoloActive Touch. BMW HoloActive Touch fuses the advantages of the BMW Head-Up Display, BMW gesture control and intuitive touchscreen functionality with revolutionary technology to create a completely new kind of user interface for the vehicle interior of the future. This innovative interface between the driver and vehicle consists of a free-floating virtual display which is projected in the area above the centre console. The system is operated directly by finger movements, while an ultrasound source provides tactile confirmation of the driver’s commands. That said, in neither case is there ever any actual contact between the driver and the user interface.

BMW Connected Window: a digital touchpoint.

The continuously expanding functionality of BMW Connected is based on the idea that the move towards ever-increasing digitalisation, whether on the move or in the home, is set to promote the extensive yet at the same time precisely personalised link-up of every area of our lives. Using the Open Mobility Cloud, BMW Connected will be seamlessly integrated into multiple digital touchpoints. At CES 2017 BMW will be presenting the BMW Connected Window vision to illustrate the possibilities these developments offer for a personalised and intelligent enhancement of digital lifestyles. The BMW Connected Window integrates every type of information relevant for daily mobility planning. Using the Open Mobility Cloud, this virtual window offers digital functions to support personal daily planning and numerous other aspects of individual lifestyles.

The BMW Connected Window extends BMW Connected’s wide-ranging functionality to include digital life at home. It shows the user – at the relevant time and in the relevant area of the home – what actions may be required for personal mobility planning. Since the system is linked up with BMW Connected, exchanging information and contacts, planning the user’s personal mobility agenda and selecting infotainment functions are possible not just in the vehicle and on a smartphone but also on a “big screen” in the user’s own home. The technology is operated using gesture control, i.e. by intuitive touchscreen-style commands – but without actually touching a screen.

Article from BMW Global Press Club

Hexa Kicks off the Transformation Journey at Tata Motors; Hexa to Tata is lot more than just a new launch

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Tata Motors MD & CEO Guenter Butschek

It epitomizes the Impact Design. Some have called it sensational; some described it as powerful and confident, while some labeled it as rugged and versatile.

Ever since the Tata Hexa was unveiled, it has invoked feelings of acclaim and disbelief because of its first-in-segment features, the ‘Impact Design’ philosophy and category-redefining techno wizardry.

For Tata Motors, Hexa is a lot more than a new launch. It’s a true reflection of the company’s legacy of creating innovative mobility solutions. It also stands for the company’s hard work, rigor and resolve to make a spirited comeback in the passenger vehicle segment.

Guenter Butschek – MD & CEO, Tata Motors, talks about the role of #TataHexa in the transformation journey of TataMotors:

With the passenger vehicle segment showing some interesting changes recently, the timing is perfect for Tata Motors to enter the UV category. Growth in passenger vehicles has been secular in the last quarter, with the hatchback segment growing at 14%, sedans declining by 13% and UVs growing by a whopping 40%! These figures indicate a clear shift in consumer preferences for lifestyle UVs. Tata Motors not only takes a leap into the UV club with its flagship SUV, Hexa, but also reinvents the category, setting new benchmarks in design, drivability and experience.

Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles, speaks about the journey of creation of the dynamic Tata Hexa:

Further, Hexa marks the beginning of Tata Motors’ transformation journey, where the company is looking to renew its focus on setting global benchmarks in technology, design and quality. The flagship SUV sets a true example of bringing the finest global technologies and best practices, and manufacturing a vehicle of international stature in India. Here’s how:

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Tata Motors global supplier partners for Tata Hexa

Hexa is also the result of the coming together of global and local Tata Motors teams to create a product that has international standards and an Indian soul.

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Tata Motors design teams at Italy, UK and India came together to create Hexa

In October 2016, key media and influencers indulged in the #HexaExperience and went back impressed and stunned with the vehicle’s on-road and off-road capabilities, the first-in-segment features, and its international standards.

Now, you too can pump up your adrenaline with this power-packed and feature-loaded vehicle at the exclusive #HexaExperience Centres in your city. The three-day extravaganza is an unforgettable and indulgent experience for you and your family offered by Tata Motors and other Tata brands. You can choose to take the Hexa for a challenging, off-roading course, or simply indulge in the luxuries of the customer lounge, or treat some exotic coffee at the specially designed cafe. What’s more, a bagful of surprises awaits your children at the kids’ zone and there’s even a pet-adoption zone for the animal lovers in your family. And of course, you also get the privilege to book the Hexa at the venue, ahead of its launch in January 2017.

You can request a test drive here.

Via: Tata Motors

India’s first electric reverse trike: Orxa Energies Mantis

Reverse Trikes are three wheeled vehicles with two wheels in the front and one in the rear. This design is used in the modern three wheeled vehicles due to its increased stability & fun factor compared to single front wheel designs.

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Orxa Energies Mantis

Orxa Energies is founded by Prajwal Sabnis and Vinayak Bhat in August 2015 and their first product is Mantis. The company is based out of Bangalore. They are currently in proof of concept stage and therefore exact details about the battery capacity and motor specifications of production vehicle are not known yet. Meanwhile, enjoy the prototype and explainer videos:


ATX 8080 Electric Scooter from Austin Electric Powersports

KTM E-Speed Electric Scooter Revealed 2016 — save the environment!!!


My thoughts about hardware startups:

I always used to wonder why there were very few hardware startups in India compared to the number of software startups. It can be because of various reasons, few reasons that occurred to me are:

  1. Capital: Hardware startups require more seed capital compared to software startups.
  2. Availability of People: There are many engineers who are interested to work on software startups whereas in case of hardware startups the number is comparatively very low.
  3. Availability & Accessibility of required resources: For software startups, resources like computer, internet & programming languages(like java, c, c++ …etc ) are easily available & accessible over internet or at college labs. For hardware startups, resources like machines, materials & software(like CAD, CAM & FEA …etc) are comparatively less available & accessible and are costlier to access.
  4. Traction: Gaining traction for hardware startups is tougher compared to software startups.
  5. Distribution: Software products and services can be easily distributed to the end user through internet whereas the hardware  startups require physical infrastructure to distribute their products and services.

And there can be many other reasons.

Let me know your thoughts about hardware startups in the comments section below.

NEONODE SIGNS SUPPLY CONTRACT WITH US-BASED AUTOMOTIVE OEM

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden – October 14, 2016 – Neonode Inc., the Optical Interactive Sensing Technology Company, has signed a contract to supply its zForce AIR™ sensor modules to a US-based automotive OEM for vehicle entry systems, adding to Neonode’s list of automotive customers, who have already shipped over 1 million cars — in over 30 different car models — with zForce® technology. The value of the contract exceeds USD11M over its term starting in Q3, 2017.

zForce AIR technology, the technology that powers the AirBar™ device that brings displays to life by adding touch and gesture sensing to both new and existing PCs, can also be adapted to fit the most diverse automotive applications.

The automotive industry is currently reinventing itself, going through some of the biggest changes in its history. This increases the demand for innovative and cost effective sensor solutions and applications. zForce AIR sensors are thin, modular strips inserted along only one edge of a detection area, making integration easy for this wave of creative innovation. zForce AIR sensors bring the most advanced sensor technology to automotive OEMs with the quality and reliability that the auto industry requires, and that our customers, including Alpine, Bosch and Volvo, to name a few, have come to expect from Neonode.

The robust zForce AIR sensor is suitable for multiple deployments within one vehicle, including infotainment systems, entry systems, interactive steering wheels, as well as any surface inside or outside the vehicle to which an auto manufacturer wants to add touch or proximity sensing functionality. We expect to see multiple opportunities for deploying zForce AIR sensors in cars in the very near future, and in self-driving cars. To this end, Neonode is in the process of obtaining automotive-class certification for its zForce AIR module production facility in Sweden.

“We are extremely pleased to have our new sensors leading the way for entry systems in the automotive industry. We see this new supply contract as further evidence that Neonode will be a solid force in the automotive segment”, said Gunnar Fröjdh, VP Automotive Sales.

“The automotive industry represents large potential long term growth and stability in our global expansion plans. Neonode’s zForce technology is already installed in over 1 million cars today and its reliability and performance are proven in the industry”, concluded Thomas Eriksson, Neonode CEO.

About Neonode

Neonode Inc.develops and licenses optical interactive sensing technologies. Neonode’s patented optical interactive sensing technology is developed for a wide range of devices like automotive systems, printers, PC devices, monitors, mobile phones, tablets and e-readers. NEONODE and ZFORCE are trademarks of Neonode Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. ZFORCE AIR and AIRBAR are trademarks of Neonode Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: Neonode

Day 1 Highlights American International Motorcycle Expo 2016

ORLANDO, FL – October 14, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – AIMExpo 2016 officially got underway on Thursday from Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center, highlighted by major global and North American debuts from many of the world’s most renowned manufacturers. Longtime exhibitors like Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha were accompanied by first year OEM participants KTM and Piaggio Group for a memorable opening day.

About American International Motorcycle Expo

The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the greater powersports industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycling and powersports community. AIMExpo was recently honored in Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Fastest 50, recognizing the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. AIMExpo is produced by the Motorcycle Industry Council (www.mic.org).

About the Motorcycle Industry Council

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues, and the American International Motorcycle Expo. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.

Via: Motor Sports Newswire

Bike taxi Baxi ties up with Bajaj Finance for motorcycle loan

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On-demand bike taxi operator BC Technologies which runs under the ‘Baxi’ brand, today signed an agreement with Bajaj Auto Finance for providing motorcycle loans.

As part of the agreement, Bajaj Finance will provide “attractive loans with minimum processing fees and very low down payment” to salaried individuals who want to buy new bikes with the option to operate on a ride share basis, BC Technologies said in a statement.

“We hope that everyone buying economical bikes in the future will now opt for a commercial version. We are excited about partnering with Bajaj in this journey,” Baxi co-founder Ashutosh Johri said.

Citing the example of Lagos in Nigeria which has more than 10 lakh Okadas, the local bike taxis, with Bajaj Boxer and Platina being the highest selling models, he said: “With this strategic tie up with Bajaj, we can realize the same potential for growth in India.” The tie up will provide a fillip to Baxi’s plans of on-boarding 10,000 bikes in the current financial year, the company said.

Bajaj Auto Senior Vice President, Raunaq Singh, who heads Bajaj Auto Finance said people who could not afford to buy a two-wheeler in the past, because of the high upfront payments, can now own a bike and also earn their EMI and cost of petrol.

“We look forward to unleashing the next wave of entrepreneurship in the country. This partnership opens up a new concept in the personal transport solution space,” Singh added.

Baxi claims to have completed more than half a million rides in its 10 months of operations with a registered customer base of more than a lakh. It currently does nearly 3000 rides per day in Gurugram and Faridabad.

Via: moneycontrol.com

Evercar Suspends Shared Electric Vehicle Service in Los Angeles & San Francisco

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Evercar, a provider of shared electric vehicles for on-demand drivers like Uber and Lyft, has ended its operations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

All member accounts have been suspended. According to the company’s website, it will be processing any remaining invoices by Thursday Oct. 13.

Their website welcome page displays the following message:

Dear Evercar Members:

As of October 10, 2016, Evercar is suspending its on-demand car share operations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Over the past year, our team has worked hard to deliver you a reliable service to help you earn money in the on-demand economy. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be able to deliver that service in the near term. We truly apologize for the disruption that this has caused you.

As you may have noticed, all member accounts have been suspended going forward. This Thursday, October 13, we will be processing any remaining invoices.

We want to thank you for your contribution to the Evercar community. As an Evercar member, you’ve been a true innovator in the on-demand economy. We believe your leadership will transform the way people will think about transportation in the future.

We will continue to work to find ways to bring that vision to the present.

Best wishes,

The Evercar Team

Evercar’s shared vehicles were preapproved for ride-hailing and on-demand delivery platforms including Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and DoorDash. Its $8 hourly rate covers fuel, maintenance, and insurance costs for unlimited miles.

Launched in Los Angeles, Evercar offered access to over 100 shared vehicles in 13 vehicle hubs around Los Angeles County. The company had recently expanded to the Bay Area — offering Toyota Prius vehicles with two locations in San Francisco and Oakland.

Here is an explainer video of Evercar:

Have fun with WaterCar Panther; Fastest amphibious car

WaterCar is an American company that specializes in the manufacture and development of luxury amphibious vehicles. Based in Southern California, the company was founded by Dave March in 1999 when he was inspired by the Amphicar of the 1960s.March claims he originally had no plans to market an amphibious vehicle — just merely to build one.In 2013, the company released its first commercial vehicle, the Panther, which holds a top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h) on land and 45 mph (72 km/h) on water.The company holds 27 amphibious related patents as well as the Guinness World Record for the fastest amphibious vehicle. WaterCar vehicles are designed and manufactured at Fountain Valley BodyWorks, an 85,000 square feet (7,900 m2) collision repair auto body shop in Southern California,owned and operated by March.

The Panther is currently offered in two variants, Turnkey Minus and Complete Custom. Complete Custom is priced at $155,000 and Turnkey Minus is priced at $126,000 according to the company website.

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Meghalaya – Create your own Jungle Book Stories — Tripoto

Meghalaya – The foothills of Himalayas, people also call it the Abode of Clouds. After I finished my trip to Darjeeling – Sikkim, it was the time to move to Guwahati. I reached Jalpaigudi again to catch an overnight train so that I reach Guwahati in the morning. In Darjeeling – Sikkim, every time whenever I used to tell someone that my next destination is Meghalaya. They used to warn me saying “Are you sure, you want to go there alone? Do you know that those areas are famous for Naxalites? & I used to just listen to their horrifying incidents which had happened in the past.

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I was at Jalpaigudi station, but thinking whether I should go there or not. Whenever I travel solo, my safety is my 1st priority as I can see my parents face in front of me every time I make any decision. However this time, I kept my hopes & positivity alive in my heart. Without thinking much, I took a train to Guwahati. When you’re not sure about some place then you don’t feel happy from inside. The same thing was happening to me till the time I reached Shillong – The capital town of Meghalaya. Again I took a shared Sumo from Guwahati to Shillong. On the way, I could see a different culture; it looked like as if everything from costume to language, from food to house structure has taken a 360 degree turn altogether. I was searching for some Naxalites in those dense forests as there was just naxalites word floating in my mind that time. I couldn’t think of anything else.

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Shillong Peak

My eyes were experiencing something which they had not seen before. I felt like, I am entering into Mowgli’s Jungle book stories. Suddenly all my wrong thoughts disappeared when I reached Shillong. As soon as I reached my guest house, I laid down like a dead body on the bed. Then I went to my window & what I see, a beautiful street with Vintage Street lights covered with colorful flowers. The manager of the hotel told me that there are no issues of Naxalities in Khasi hills as they are based in Garo hills. Main tourist attraction is located in Khassi hills of Meghalaya & you’re surrounded by the best people. I immediately called the taxi driver who has dropped me till my guest house. Whenever I plan sightseeing tour, I only prefer going to few places out of so many places. Usually every tourist place has its big list of places with overpriced rate card. However I only opted for elephant falls & Shillong peak point. Taxi driver charged me 600/- for those 2 places, I agreed also as what else I will do if I will try to save money. My taxi driver was a Khassi. This community is in the majority in Meghalaya. They’re similar to catholic community I feel. Throughout the journey, he only talked as I was just enjoying the serenity at its best. As soon as I reached Shillong peak, it was extremely crowed but the whole view was heavenly beautiful therefore the crowd didn’t bother me much. Shillong peak is located near the Ariforce quarters so you need to submit your residential proof before entering & photography is prohibited till the time you cross the Ariforce area. From there, Elephant falls is another half & hour journey. I must say, Elephant falls could be the best place in Shillong if it remains less crowed. You can’t do anything about the crowd so even I enjoyed my own time & photography. Recently Narendra Modi Ji has visited Elephant falls so you can see his picture as well at the entrance. After wandering, I came back to the guest house again.

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As soon as I reached my guesthouse, the manager told me that there is one girl who would like to go to Mawlynnong & Dawki. I was lucky to meet a girl from Bangalore as I again got someone to explore the place. In one day only we both had become a good friend as even she was solo female traveler. Next day, early morning we both started with Mawlynnong & Dawki. We first decided to go to Dawki to explore Umngot River which remains transparent during winter season. We were lucky as we didn’t face heavy rainfall however on the way to Dawki, it started raining heavily & our dream of experiencing the transparent river died at the same moment. So we decided to first take a move to Mawlynnong – Asia’s cleanest village. As soon as we reached, I took my umbrella & ran towards a small place where Mawlynnong ladies were serving delicious food. I saw only women at the canteen, as I had mentioned earlier also, Khassi community is a kind of community where women are being treated as head of the family. They work whereas men take care of the Family in most of the cases. Their younger daughter is eligible for half property in the family & younger daughter’s husband is expected to stay at her place to take care of her parents. The villagers of Mawlynnong collect 50/- from each visitor to maintain the cleanliness of the village. Mawlynnong village looks like a garden where they have made small wooden huts. It’s so beautiful & clean, you feel like you’re visiting some foreign place. We went on to see single Decker living root bridge which is located nearby itself. You can explore tree houses as well at the same place. After exploring this green village, we moved on to see Dawki & Umngot River. We saw Indo – Bangladesh border where you can even click the picture at the check post because of the friendly boding we share with Bangladesh.

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Mawlynnong Village

We saw two beautiful waterfalls on our way to Dawki. Finally we reached Umngot River & started with our boat ride. I personally never felt so good before at any place as it was purely the green water, me & the wooden boat. Yes, the river has become muddy because of the rain but it was clean & peaceful. The best memories of my Meghalaya tour I would say.

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Umngot River – Dawki

The journey from Guwahati – Shillong – Cherrapunji – Mawlynnong – Dawki was a treasure hunt as every time it gave me a pleasant surprise with its beautiful sceneries. It’s raw, unusual & one of the best states of North – east India.

Do watch the Video which I documented & edited for my Meghalaya tour. Like it & subscribe it for more.

Reblogged from Meghalaya – Create your own Jungle Book Stories — Tripoto

Originally authored by Preeti

 

[Video] Kia Motors Mexico factory tour

Kia Motors has opened the doors of its newest production facility in Mexico! As one of the largest Kia manufacturing plants in the world and the first in the Latin America region, the plant located in Pesquería, Nuevo León was officially launched at a grand opening ceremony attended by over 500 people.

The new Mexico production plant is expected to increase Kia’s global manufacturing capacity to 3.56 million vehicles annually. As a high-tech integrated automotive production center, the facility is equipped with 420 robots automating the manufacturing processes. Currently operating in one shift, the plant produces one car every 53 seconds!

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By 2017, the production facility will have created 14,000 direct and indirect jobs within the region and is expected to reach annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicle units. The plant will also produce the all-new fourth generation Rio, currently gearing up for its global premiere in Paris.

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The site will also include a training center for assembly line workers. By implementing a comprehensive human resources system and vocational training programs, Kia will ensure that all employees continually hone their skills and are provided with opportunities for future advancement. Meanwhile, a new on-site quality control center will carry out advanced component quality evaluation to guarantee continuous improvement to product quality and to exceed consumer expectations.

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In addition to the manufacturing system, the Mexico production facility will also invest US$1 million annually for local CSR initiatives. Activities such as vehicle donations and financial support for low-income households and the local education system will be carried out for the betterment of the region.

Representing a US$3 billion investment by Kia, the Mexico plant is sure to have a significant positive impact on the Pesquería region and the overall Mexican automotive industry.

Take a closer look at the Mexico manufacturing facility in the video below:

via Mexico production facility is now officially open! — Kia BUZZ : Kia’s official corporate blog