Find out about the best SUV with Ari

There is nothing as cool and stylish as SUV. Whenever I ride an SUV I feel like this amazing FBI agent who is chasing bad guys – only my life is not quite as glorious as that. Before I break down and start crying, let’s get back to Ari and all the amazing things she can do for you.

There are many different parameters through which we measure the efficiency of cars. With SUVs, because of their advance features and four-wheel drive mechanisms, it becomes even more challenging to find a suitable problem.

Don’t get me wrong – all SUVs are great. In fact, picking out the perfect SUV is a great problem to have!

So all you have to do is log onto www.meetari.ai and simply ask for the best SUV.

Ari will search its database and bring out the best choice for you on that day.

You can also compare different SUVs and brands, we have already discussed it here.

There is nothing that stands between you and the perfect SUV.

How does Ari do it?

As you probably already know we launched a first of its kind platform called iCar Data. It is the biggest statistical and analytical platform for cars in the world. You get to see real time results, market demands, popularity graphs, user interest, pricing mechanisms and what not.

Backed by such powerful database Ari brings you the best result that reflects the actual market situation, not anyone’s bias.

This is how Ari does it. Through data, research and her wits. ;)

Don’t forget to let us know what you think of Ari’s progress. You can send us your love and hate at ari@icarasia.com – she reads each and every single one of your emails, even the spam! (That’s because she loves reading and is unstoppable once she gets going).

Find the best family car in one go with Ari

When buying cars, the most important thing a person looks for is suitability. Is this car good enough for my needs? Does it come in a price I can afford? More importantly, every car buyer ask him or herself: what car suits my lifestyle the most? What car will be of convenience to me?

If you have a family and you want a buy a car that is suitable, can you imagine the amount of time you will waste visiting dealerships to check out “jazzy 2 doors” that won’t even fit your requirements.

Why go through all the trouble when you can do it by… you got it, Ari.

Just type the words “best family car” and Ari will give you the best possible choice. For now it won’t give you a whole list. It will just give you the one car that our algorithms say is the best family car on that day.

Ladies and gentlemen, your life (rather the process for family car selection) could not have been easier. Type three words and you get the single best result.

So go ahead, get the best family car you can ever buy.

At end, I would like to remind you that you can send us your feedback, grievances, love and hate anytime at ari@icarasia.com

Find the cheapest car with Ari’s help

Since we have established that Ari is the best source of information related to cars. There is no other search method that is more accurate, swift and enjoyable as Ari’s golden touch.

You have already guessed what to do if you want to buy the cheapest car available on Carlist.my, haven’t you?

Yes, you are right – turn to Ari.           

So, I wanted to know about the cheapest new car out there. There are literally thousands of new and used cars on Carlist.my, it is impossible to keep track.

When you type “cheapest car”, Ari will dive in deep and hunt for you from the ocean of endless automobiles; the cheapest car we are selling.

Enjoy finding the best car you can find in your budget and don’t thank me, thank Ari.

And as always, do let us know your feedback, comments, criticism, love, hate, everything – help us make Ari even better.

At the end, I would like to remind you that Ari is the best car assistant out there – in fact, the only real car assistant out there. You are witnessing history being made. The concept of Ari is new, it has never been done before. All of us are part of something amazing.

And when the robots take over the world and AI rules over human kind, you can be sure that at least Ari will be on your side. ;) – because she is lovely and caring.

What do the colors of Ari represent

As you can see the logo of Ari is made primarily out of the blue with a tinge of green. This excellent logo represents more than you think.

Let’s dive in and see what colors of Ari represent – why is she, the way she is ;)

According to Colour Affects, UK’s leading site on color psychology and research say the following about the blue color. 

“BLUE. Intellectual.

Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.

Blue is the colour of the mind and is essentially soothing; it affects us mentally, rather than the physical reaction we have to red. Strong blues will stimulate clear thought and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration. Consequently it is serene and mentally calming. It is the colour of clear communication. Blue objects do not appear to be as close to us as red ones. Time and again in research, blue is the world's favourite colour. However, it can be perceived as cold, unemotional and unfriendly.”

No surprises there, Ari represents intelligence (she is AI… duh) and also communication, efficiency and trust. It is almost as if she could have no color other than blue. This is quite fascinating.

At the back of your mind, when you communicate with Ari you are thinking about these things!

Experts say blue is also mentally calming, it is the color of stress-freeness – and why do you think iCar Asia created Ari in the first place? To provide users with an experience that is easy and completely free of stress.

Now what about the green part?

Let’s find out.

“GREEN. Balance

Positive: Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.

Green strikes the eye in such a way as to require no adjustment whatever and is, therefore, restful. Being in the center of the spectrum, it is the colour of balance - a more important concept than many people realize. When the world about us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green, on a primitive level. Negatively, it can indicate stagnation and, incorrectly used, will be perceived as being too bland.”

So green shade in Ari’s branding represents liveliness – she is a very chatty girl. Apart from being pleasing on the eye, green is a reassuring color. It tells you that everything is going to be fine. Just like Ari reassures you that you will end up making the best automotive decision of your life! :)

So what do Ari’s color represent in general – both blue and green?

Intelligence, efficiency, trustworthiness, calm, reassurance, energy and balance.

Kudos to the design team for this! :)

Why is Ari better than traditional solutions to find cars?

AI is the future - that is a no brainier. Our entire technological system is based on the fact that one day AI will make things easier for us. Everything that is currently happening the realm of technology is working towards AI.

Therefore, it is not difficult to say that programs like Ari will be the most used options in the future.

AI and machine learning represent the most disruptive paradigm shift of the next decade.

Car buying or selling is a big feat

Buying cars is probably the second most expensive action in an average man’s life – the first being buying a house. Therefore it is not a decision to be taken lightly, and not many people do.

Having said that, who has the time to check out each and every listing on a website?

Even if you use filter, show us a filter in the world that tells you the most suitable car according to your budget, family size, usage, surroundings, color, make or model is; Ari does that. She paints a complete picture. She provides you with details you never thought were possible to get in a matter of seconds.

Buying a car or selling it for a good price is no mean feat. It is a very big deal. Ari helps you make the best choice in the least amount of time and effort spent.

No website or directory can give you what Ari can

Why do people love AI? It’s because it gives a unique personal touch to everything. Virtual assistants are becoming more and more popular because they seem to connect with a user a website simply cannot.

The main purpose of any AI is to provide excellent customer services. For something that is specifically created for a great user experience, and with one goal in mind, it is not surprising that AI is the future that is already happening.

Find cars in a specific price bracket with Ari

If you have a budget, a very specific budget say RM 30,000 to RM 35,000. You want the best available car in that budget, naturally.

The problem is should you browse through all the cars and check their pricing individually? No, that will take too long.

You can make use of the advance pricing filters at our website http://www.carlist.my, you will be given a detailed results page showcasing all the matching listings.

But of course with Ari, there is always an easier and more exciting way to do things.

Simply ask her, “Best cars between RM 30,000 to RM 35,000”

And voila, there you go. You will be taken to the largest car listings in ASEAN where you can cherry pick the car that suits you best and falls in your budget.

Let’s move onto another scenario,

You have RM 35,000 and you want to look at all cars that can be bought for less than RM 35,000. What do you do?

Of course ask Ari, “Best cars under RM 35,000” and she will list down everything she’s got.

As Ari learns new things she becomes more and more remarkable. Help us in making Ari your favorite car assistant. Provide us with your valuable feedback through the comments section.

Here is how AI will make your car very smart

Did you know that the installation rates for artificial intelligence programs will go from 9% in 2017 to 109% in 2025?

The artificial intelligence (AI) systems that are currently used in entertainment devices in cars, and advance driver assistance systems (ADAS) will rise from about 7.8 million to 122 million by 2025. This was predicted in a new report by IHS Technology. IHS Technology is the world's leading source for research, analysis, and strategic guidance in the technology, media, and telecommunications industries.

IHS recently published the Automotive Electronics Roadmap report. In the report they conclude that it is expected that the AI installation will rise multiple times in less than a decade. There will be many AI systems included in cars to do some of the very basic things. In fact the cars will have unbelievable safety features that will reduce accidents significantly.


According to Luca De Ambroggi, IHS Technology’s chief analyst for automotive, "An artificial-intelligence system continuously learns from experience and by its ability to discern and recognize its surroundings," he adds, "It learns, as human beings do, from real sounds, images and other sensory inputs. The system recognizes the car's environment and evaluates the contextual implications for the moving car."

In the coming five years or so, the AI systems will be divided into two categories mainly;

  • The first category is what scientists are calling the Infotainment. It includes various interesting features such as speech recognition, gestures, eye tracking, fingerprint scanners and language assistant systems.
  • The second category is ADAS (advance driver assistance systems), we mentioned it briefly at the beginning of the article. This category of AI deals with advance stuff like radars, advance GPS, vision systems, driver condition evaluation, controlling sensors and engine control units (ECU).

Now we move onto the interesting part…

Ambroggi believes that there is a great deal of vacuum. Since infotainment and ADAS are getting more and more complex, there is a need of advance software and hardware installations that will aid the entire process. The AI needs reinforcement in both hardware and software departments so it can function more and more like a human brain.

But we are on the right track. The IHS report says that ADAS programs are self-learning and ever-improving. It has notable advantages over traditional algorithms. The report predicts that ADAS is the key to having fully auto-driven vehicles.

Here is an extract from the report,

"For example, deep learning allows detection and recognition of multiple objects, improves perception, reduces power consumption, supports object classification, enables recognition and prediction of actions, and will reduce development time of ADAS systems,"

A couple of years ago, a renowned market research organization reported that by 2020 there will be 250 million cars connected to a complex Wi-Fi system that will allow them to communicate with each other and various roadway systems.

The predictions made by Gartner say that right now there is a lot of information being fed into IVI units and telematics systems of cars. This already building a foundation for a very solid info-base. The learning process, the self-evolving algorithms have already been initiated.

Last year the CEO of Toyota Research Institute, Dr. Gill Pratt had some interesting inputs with regards to AI systems. Whilst speaking at New England Motor Press Association Conference at MIT, Pratt said that in coming years many driving features will be controlled by “guardian angels”, referring to ADAS.

He downplayed the idea of having fully autonomous vehicle that don’t need the driver. He believes that driving and cars are a passion that humankind is not ready to give up yet. He said that more research is being done to help drivers rather than making them obsolete.

"If you love to drive, the idea of a chauffeur is not fun," Pratt says. "Driver skills are ignored with a chauffeur; with guardian angel technology, you're augmenting human driving skills."

Pratt went onto explain the focus on his research and other pioneers of the industry. He explained that someday the car system will warn you many times, right before you begin driving it, about a dangerous habit you have that may interfere with your driving capabilities.

Top 5 AI powered personal assistants that have become commonplace


One can argue that it all started with Siri, iPhone’s built-in phone assistant. Since then, everyone is looking to get on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) bandwagon. The growing advancement and fascination for AI has made it a very promising market segment.

Almost all the large tech companies have either jumped in or are ready to. Interestingly, the phone assistant powered by AI has become so commonplace that most people don’t know they are using AI.

Let me show you a very interesting illustration that sums up the AI scene. This is courtesy of the Artificial Intelligence Blog;   

Here are top five AI powered personal assistants that you should check out:

Amazon Echo

Amazon is one of the most evolving companies of our times. From selling books online to Kindles to the largest marketplace online that ever existed. They aim to carry their ambitions forward with Echo. The AI behind Echo called Alexa has been cleverly designed echo to be integrated with the company’s other products such as phones, tablets, cars and fridges. The best thing about Echo is that it is open source and can be enhanced by anyone.

When it comes to NLP (natural language processing), the thing you do when you speak to and order your personal assistant, Echo is falling short of the rest. However, the company realizes it and are determined to fix this complaint.

Google Assistant

The advantage with Google is that it is everywhere. They have various popular services and unsurprisingly Google Assistant seamlessly integrates with them all. When you own the largest mobile operating system, you are sure to make it count.

Google have made it clear that they want serious advancements in AI and personal assistants. You can expect the Google technology to advance leaps and bounds in the coming years.

Facebook

Here is a surprising entry. You may not have thought that Facebook’s AI assistant would make this list – or that Facebook AI assistant even exists. It doesn’t commercially exist at the moment but various inside sources confirm that Facebook is finalizing its AI component and it will be out shortly.

Why I included Facebook in this list when they do not have a personal assistant? There is a simple reason for that. Facebook is going to be a formidable player in the AI world. The amount of data they have is humongous compared to other players, even Google. Usage of Facebook is such as big part of our lives now that it only makes sense that its personal assistance AI would play a gigantic role as compared to other assistants.

Siri

I mentioned at the beginning of the article that Siri is the pioneer of phone assistant AI. But it has become disappointing after a while. It is getting better but it is more becoming clumsier. This has given an edge to Alexa and Google Assistance.

Probably one of the glaring problems is Apple’s strange choice of keeping its user’s data away from cloud. It means that Siri has to go through your data on your device not a cloud system.

Samsung

Samsung have not yet made the mark with their AI called Bixby as yet. However, you can be sure that Samsung would soon be a very big player in the AI circle. Bixby’s language support is only available in Korean right now. It will be available in English soon.

However, right now, Samsung has a lot of catching up to do.

5 surprising things AI can do better than humans

Artificial intelligence is growing rapidly. Debates are erupting on whether machines can be better than humans or not; the answer is both yes and no. No because machines will always be machines, they can never be living breathing humans. They consciousness will be mechanical – always.

But is that why we want artificial intelligence? For them to have humanly traits like love, talking, laughter, feeling, life and death? No. We want AI to push the mechanical boundaries that are always task oriented, and make life easy for us.

In that regard, yes AI can do better than humans.

Here are five ways how;

Do quicker web research

When you Google things, you know what happens? Google has a self-learning machine called RankBrain. It is an AI that handles queries. It works on the meaning of various words, phrases, their meanings, patterns and human behavior related to search queries.

When tested with human counterparts, humans showed 70% accuracy in guessing the true meaning of queries while RankBrain had 80% accuracy!

The system is not fully deployed yet, it works in collaboration with Google’s Hummingbird search algorithm. However, RankBrain gives a very good idea about things to come.

Work in impossible environments

Robots don’t need oxygen, they can survive climatic conditions we humans never could. Take deep space for example, a robot can collect and send data without worrying about habitability, sleep, food or other human requirements and sentiments. NASA’s rovers are doing exactly that.

Can you imagine a human being landing on mars or flying through endless space?

Scientists are working on making the space rovers more intelligent and self-sufficient. Recently researchers in UC Berkley successfully taught robots to do delicate stuff such as opening bottle caps, removing a nail from the wood, pouring and serving a glass of water etc.

Speak and translate all languages

Needless to say that a human being cannot learn more than a few languages, in fact most humans on earth and monolingual. AI, however can learn as many languages as there are on Earth. Google Translator is already making gigantic leaps.

Surely all of this is not 100% accurate at the moment, far from it in fact but we are headed in the right direction. Everyone knows that it is only a matter of time before human translators become obsolete.

Make error free calculations

Calculators are error free and let’s face it no human can calculate numbers as quick as a calculator can. Imagine if there is an advance thinking AI that can solve complicated equations quickly and un-erroneously, then sky is the limit.

Researchers are working on algorithms that allow AI to have a critical thinking process along with a super-fast calculating ability.

Just think how quickly the blueprints of skyscrapers will be completed or flight patterns be deduced. It is all about calculations and AI can do it better than us.   

Perform better surgeries

This one may come to you as a surprise but it is true. Robots don’t get tired. Robots don’t have physical fallibility. A robot equipped with proper AI can perform 1000 operations per day!

Some believe that doctors will become completely obsolete in 50 years or so. AI will be able to diagnose and treat medical illnesses with 100% accuracy.

It would be interesting to see that happen.

Request a deal through Ari

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had so many updates from Ari that I don’t know where to begin.  I am quite puzzled with what to show you this week. Of course, I could put all the updates in one blog post but that would be too overwhelming, and where is the fun in reading a Wikipedia-like blog post – Unacceptable, because Ari is all about fun.

So let’s talk about a cool new feature Ari has for you.

You can request a car deal through Ari.

Here is how I did it:

I was interesting in checking out the new Honda Civic 2017 model so I went here; https://newcar.carlist.my/honda/2017/civic

On the top right corner I clicked on “Request a Deal” and Ari popped in from the right side of the screen. She asked me to enter my details, phone number, location, email etc. It sent me a verification code, a verification email.

It was nice to see that she is keeping the riff-raff away by going through the pains of verifying me, it seemed legitimate.

An instant chat session opened and I could talk to Ari face to face.

After getting myself verified, Ari threw at me a list of things I could do. Whether I wanted to visit my nearest dealership, a test drive, comparison, and even car loan pricing details. It was wonderful.

She gave me some useful tips for buying a car and then asked me if I she can suggest me a car based on my actions since landing on this page. I politely decline, said “no, thank you, I have my heart set on Honda Civic” – I really wanted to get me one of those.

Ari argued and with good reason, “Yes, a good buyer should always compare first before buying a car. But unfortunately I have limited space. I will lead you to comparison page where you can compare up to four cars. Just click on the image.”

I gave in and looked through various car comparisons on the website. I returned and Ari said “where are you?” and gave me names of all the cities of Malaysia, I selected my location and that’s that.

I was shown best car deals and just like that, I bought a beautiful Honda Civic 2017 in a color of my choosing.

As always, let us know your feedback, praises, anger and criticism, whatever you feel like; write in the comment section below.

Talk to us, we’re listening.