DRB-Hicom, MARii still in talks to finalise next-gen vehicle testing facilities


DRB-HICOM Bhd is still in discussion with the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) to finalise a definitive collaboration agreement regarding the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that both companies inked on Jan 7, it told Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

The companies aim to collaborate in developing academic programmes, courses and on-the-job training, and establishing an autonomous and connected vehicle testbed in Cyberjaya, Selangor, and a full-fledged national automotive testing centre in Tanjung Malim, Perak.

DRB-Hicom’s indirect subsidiary Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd is also still in talks with China Automotive Technology and Research Centre Co Ltd (CATARC) on a potential strategic cooperation with regard to the MoU.

The collaboration is in the field of automotive testing and research and development (R&D), and aims to maximise the resources of China and Malaysia’s automotive industries.

The salient terms of the MoU include both companies formally considering to provide each other with R&D, test planning and testing services to meet customers’ needs.

Both parties also may further discuss setting up a right-hand drive vehicle and the tropical-weather Asean R&D centre in the future.