Marii signs MoU on future vehicle technologies

(From left, front row) Proton director of engineering Hazrin Fazail, DRB-Hicom COO, Properties, Concession, Corporate Planning & Strategy Shaharul Farez Hassan, Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute CEO Madani Sahari and Catarc general manager Zhou Hua at the MOU signing ceremony.

CYBERJAYA: Malaysia may soon be able to produce new, technologically-advanced vehicles with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (Marii), China Automotive Technology and Research Centre (Catarc), DRB-Hicom and Proton today.

The MoU focuses on knowledge and expertise transfer, standardisation of technical standards and the construction of facilities within the test centre in view of the establishment of a full-fledged next generation vehicles (NxGV) test centre in Malaysia.

The main objective is to enhance domestic capabilities in the development and testing of NxGVs within the Asean region, Marii CEO Madani Sahari said.

The pact will alao enable Proton to collaborate with, and leverage on, Catarc’s research and development facilities, especially in testing-related activities for NxGV in Malaysia.

“The technology modules in these academic programmes will enable our workforce to be equipped with a more sophisticated set of skills, allowing them to render their talent in various multidisciplinary areas of the automotive ecosystem,” said Madani.

He told FMT that the testing facilities would be located at Marii’s centre in Cyberjaya as well as at Proton’s hub in Tanjung Malim, Perak.

Asked about the total investment to be made for the setting up of the testing centres, Madani said the matter was being reviewed by the parties involved.

The partnership will also enable Proton to increase its product line-up and accelerate the incorporation of new technologies in line with the NxGV aspirations.

According to Madani, the strategic cooperation will add new dimensions to the development of a NxGV hub within Malaysia and the region.

“As testing and homologation is a logistically sensitive item in the development of any vehicle, we are working to offer full-fledged testing solutions according to latest NxGV technology developments… this MoU with Catarc is an important milestone for Malaysia in its progress to be a NxGV hub in the Asean region,” said Madani.

“This collaboration will also unlock access to the Asean market, and the expertise of our business, especially in terms of testing and certification, could be shared to the Malaysian and Asean automotive industries in the foreseeable future”, said Catarc general manager Zhou Hua.

Madani noted that the programmes would include advanced automotive technologies modules related to Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), NxGV and Industry 4.0, to create a critical pool of highly skilled talent future mobility.

Marii serves as the focal point, coordinating centre and a think-tank towards enhancing the competitiveness of the automotive industry and overall mobility, including intelligent transportation systems and related services through the adoption of robotics as well as internet of things (IoT) technologies.

On the other hand, Catarc is a central government-level enterprise belonging to China’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council and a comprehensive science and technology corporate group with extensive influence in the automotive industry home and abroad.

Source : FMT