If news reports are anything to go by, self-driving cars are set to actually become a thing in Malaysia – well, at least in Cyberjaya.
On December 23, 2020, Futurise – a government-linked company (GLC) under Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance – announced the approval of Malaysia’s first testing route for self-driving vehicles.
Called the Cyberjaya Malaysia Autonomous Vehicle (MyAV) Testing Route, the route was jointly developed by Futurise alongside Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport with the goal of developing the nation’s future capabilities for creating autonomous vehicles.
The route will be split into two segments – one a shorter stretch circling around the Futurise campus and its neighboring buildings, and the other a longer path around a larger portion of the area surrounding the Futurise campus.
In total, the route will span seven kilometers.These developments come after guidelines for the trialing of autonomous vehicles on public roads was approved by relevant authorities in 2019, whereafter after developmental work on the routes soon began.
The guidelines in place necessitate a number of protocols for road safety and minimizing risks to public road users. These include having clear signage in place to notify people of the operation of self-driving vehicles in the area, as well as the need for there to be a trained safety officer in the vehicle at all times during operation.
It was also announced that Malaysian tech startup eMooViT Technology would be the first to make use of the route with its still-in-development self-driving Proton Exora.
Founded in 2016, the company specializes in developing and providing driverless software that is vehicle-agnostic – meaning that it can be applied to more than just one type of vehicle – and meant for urban environments. The company aims to perfect their software so it can be appied in various real-world situations such as first/last-mile transportation, logistics, and others.
As for the next steps in bringing Malaysia up to speed with self-driving vehicles, CEO of Futurise Mahadhir Aziz said, “The next step will be plans to expand the coverage to a few key locations such as Putrajaya.”
“Self-driving vehicles and shared mobility could provide transportation to many people. It is key to helping people who have difficulties accessing transportation.”
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ที่มา : Mashable