The motoring industry in Singapore has been disrupted since the private-hire players arrived in 2013. Everybody from the dealers to the Land Transport Authority to individual buyers had to adapt to this new environment.
Our beloved automobile is being disrupted, too. New cars are filled with so much techno-wizardry that motoring writers must also become IT geeks, if they aren’t already.
Electric cars are slowly but surely becoming entrenched here. The march towards self-driving cars continues, albeit with less hype. Unless something disrupts its progress, the fully autonomous car is going to become a reality.
Yes, we must adapt. But cautiously. Consider what will really benefit us and embrace that. Then chuck the rest.
As always, please enjoy the Torque content this month, in any or every format you like – printed, uploaded, digitised.
He talks about the new LTA rule that lets private car owners become mini rental car players in June 2020 (pg 12).
WONG KAI YI
Well-travelled, he flew to Hanover for the Continental TechShow (pg 50), then to Munich to drive the all-new BMW M135i (pg 30).
The toys we played with as children have shaped our education and career choices later in life (pg 16).
Our cool mechanical engineer talks about coolant and the possible causes behind the dreaded “check engine” light (pg 70).
He took time out from training his pooches and also flew to Munich, where he drove the all-new Audi Q3 (pg 42).
DR KONG YONGYAO
Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. Luckily, he has his missus to inspire him and a wise mentor at work for guidance (pg 20).
TOH YONG CHUAN