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Embracing Future Innovations

Embracing Future Innovations

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21 March 2018, Selangor – YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) officiated the Towards Autonomous Technologies Conference 2018, a collaborative efforts between MIDA (Malaysian Investment Development Authority), CREST (Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology) and DRB-HICOM University held at the MIDA headquarters, today. The event, with a theme “Embracing Future Innovations”, was attended by more than 150 participants ranging from industry players, academia and government agencies.

“Technological advancement particularly those related to connectivity and autonomous technology will increasingly change the way we commute daily and travel from one place to another. The increasing speed of innovation and shared mobility solutions will give rise to new business models. Together, these developments will reshape the industry landscape and help define the future of transportation,” said YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong at the conference.

“Malaysia is not far behind from this technological development. We have notable local companies and universities that have initiated several development projects related to autonomous vehicles and its related technologies. For example, our home grown company, REKA has started developing its own self-driving or autonomous car technology since September 2016. Another example is the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), which has been conducting research and development (R&D) activities on developing a fully automated vehicle since 2017. An AV prototype was developed through the collaboration between UTM and Moovita Pte Ltd. The prototype is based on a 7-seater vehicle and after just six months of extensive development and testing, the vehicle made its debut to the public in January 2018,” added YB Datuk Chua.

In his welcoming remarks, Dato’ Azman said, “Today’s conference is part of MIDA’s continuous efforts in providing platforms for industry stakeholders to discuss and exchange ideas in new and emerging areas. MIDA sees that the potential benefits of autonomous vehicles in urban transportation system are enormous and wide-reaching. To achieve them, it requires the right mix of ambition, planning, regulation testing and careful execution in a setting that involves multiple stakeholders. Therefore, the conference today feature various experts sharing on issues, challenges, technology breakthroughs and perhaps some recommendations for Malaysia to pursue this journey towards producing more autonomous vehicle technology,”

The conference featured a broad spectrum of the ecosystem representing academicians from the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and DRB HICOM University; the industry players/experts (BOSCH, Clarion, REKA, Frost & Sullivan), industry association (Malaysia Automotive Association), and the relevant Government related bodies including the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Research of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP).


For more information, please contact:

Mdm Jasbir Kaur Bachan Singh

Director, Transportation Technology Division, MIDA

Tel.: 03-2267 6798 | Email: [email protected]


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Posted on : 21 March 2018