Aziz Sancar, who was behind the wheel of TOGG, asked what he asked!

Nobel laureate Turkish scientist Prof. Dr. Aziz Sancar got behind the wheel of Turkey’s Automobile TOGG at TEKNOFEST and received information about the stage and progress of the project from TOGG CEO Gürcan Karakaş.

Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Dr. Aziz Sancar, President of TUBITAK Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal visited the TOGG stand. Sancar, who received information about the domestic automobile from the company officials, was told that the factory in Gemlik is in the installation phase and that the construction will be completed next year.


prof. Dr. Sancar then got behind the wheel of TOGG, an all-electric SUV with a four-by-four-wheel drive system. Here, CEO Karakaş accompanied Sancar.


While informing that the factory is designed to produce 175,000 vehicles annually when it reaches full capacity, Sancar said that electric vehicles are also charged at home in America. Thereupon, Sancar was replied, “Yes, it’s possible with us too. You can charge it overnight when you put it at home.”


prof. Dr. Regarding Sancar’s question whether all smart, modern systems are used in TOGG, the authorities said, “The most modern and advanced radar technologies are used in our vehicle. This is for driver support systems for autonomous driving. It has radars for the distance to the vehicle in front. Very advanced software. “We have a driver monitoring system. Is the driver’s eye on the road in the vehicle, is he drowsy, excited, worried or sad? We have a camera that detects them all.”

prof. Dr. Sancar examined the hydrogen-powered vehicle developed by TUBITAK President Mandal and TUBITAK Marmara Research Center (MAM). Mandal stated that the task of TÜBİTAK is to study the future and said that vehicles working with hydrogen are the technology of the future.

prof. Dr. Sancar examined the electric vehicle named ‘Sancar’ by young people from Bursa Technical University and got information about the vehicle. It turned out that Sancar, who signed on the vehicle at the insistence of the young people, gave permission to give the vehicle its name. One of the young people who introduced the vehicle said, “We had e-mailed and talked before. We asked for permission to give your name to the vehicle we built. ‘Sancar’ can reach a speed of 100 kilometers.”

Sancar, who also visited the TÜBİTAK Informatics and Information Security Advanced Technologies Research Center (BİLGEM) stand, was introduced to the laser device that provides communication between ships, transformed into an irradiation cabin. The device reflected the holographic image of Sancar and Mandal on the screen.

TÜBİTAK MAM Polar Research Institute Director Assoc. Dr. Burcu Özsoy also presented a book in English and Turkish to Sancar, describing their research in Antarctica.

Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank shared a video on his social media account and said, “As in the words of our teacher Aziz Sancar, ‘In 100 years, Turkish children like you will read my inventions and say, ‘A Turkish made this’,’ intellectual property rights belong to 100 percent of our country. Turkish engineers are also making Turkey’s Automobile,” he said.

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