ACO Tech has integrated Sarawak’s own smart payment solution, Pay & Go, into the ATLAS infotainment system for PROTON vehicles. The Pay & Go function is to enable seamless payment for off-street parking in the state.
ACO Tech is jointly owned by PROTON, Altel, and ECARX, and its ATLAS infotainment head unit (IHU) software is found in its latest models. Meanwhile, Pay & Go’s smart parking solution enables users to make parking payments directly in-car with just a tap on the display. This helps to do away with physical parking tickets or the need to use a mobile phone1.
This is a first-of-its-kind partnership in Malaysia, formalised through a Product Integration Agreement (PIA) to enhance user convenience and elevate driving experience. The PIA exchange was done at the World Congress on Innovation & Technology 2023 (WCIT 2023) in Kuching, Sarawak (currently happening until 6 October). Exchanging the agreements were ACO Tech Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Li Pu, and Pay & Go Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Eddie Wee. Witnessing this event were the Premier of Sarawak, YAB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of PROTON, Mr. Roslan Abdullah.
Through the partnership with ACO Tech, this convenient solution will be integrated into selected PROTON models equipped with Malaysia’s first dedicated automotive operating system, ATLAS OS. Pay & Go utilises license plate recognition technology to eliminate the need for autopay machines. Once users have saved their number plate in their Pay & Go account, they can use credits which can be purchased in-app to make payments directly from the ATLAS IHU before approaching the parking exit. QR payment via local payment gateway S Pay Global is also supported. Additionally, upcoming software updates will enable users to pay directly from their ATLAS Pay e-wallet accounts.
This feature is available starting from today (4 October), with the PROTON X70 with ATLAS2 IHU being the first model to receive this innovative integration. Pay & Go will soon be made available in more connected PROTON models, starting with the X-series, via over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
“Central to ACO Tech solutions is our innovation to provide convenience and enhance the overall driving experience for customers. By collaborating with likeminded partners such as Pay & Go who have similar value propositions, we now offer a customer-centric solution for parking via our IHU. The integration of Pay & Go into ATLAS underscores our commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions to our valued customers. We aim to make the driving experience more convenient and enjoyable for motorists and will continue innovating to shape the future of automotive technology.” said ACO Tech Chief Executive Officer Mr. Li Pu.
Pay & Go Chief Executive Officer Mr. Eddie Wee commented, “Pay & Go is more than just a Smart Parking Solutions provider. Our value proposition is enabling lifestyle convenience for users. We are delighted to collaborate with ACO Tech to integrate more of our in-car lifestyle solutions in PROTON models to enhance overall customer experience. We have plans to roll out more features in the ATLAS system such as eReservation for F&B and Parking Space Reservation, among other things, in the near future.”
Pay & Go services are currently available in 28 locations primarily in Kuching but will be expanded to more areas, especially in the Klang Valley.
1 Currently the service is only available for X70 with ATLAS. Other models with ATLAS will be able to access once ready.
2 Not applicable for non-ATLAS vehicles, older GKUI systems, nor Android Auto or Apple CarPlay in Malaysia.