MARii and MCE to develop autonomous driving components

by AFIQ AZIZ/ pic credit: marii.my

THE Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) will be cooperating with Multi-Code Electronics Industries (M) Bhd (MCE) in the development of critical automotive components in accelerating the implementation of autonomous driving.

MARii CEO Datuk Madani Sahari said the collaboration would see both parties jointly develop parts that are crucial and strategic to the local ecosystem, including in the areas of Next Generation Vehicles (NxGVs), which involves connected mobility and autonomous driving.

He said the cooperation, which is also expected to be utilised in cross-industrial applications, would ensure the success of the National Automotive Policy 2020 (NAP 2020).

“The global market developments require us to venture into new elements such as NxGV, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Industry Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) to remain relevant.

“The developments of such parts and components are key in allowing the industry to develop vehicle-to-vehicle communications, smart sensors and autonomous technology to enable connected mobility,” Madani said at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony in Cyberjaya on Tuesday.

MCE, represented by its group MD Dr Goh Kar Chun, is wholly owned by MCE Holdings Bhd.

MCE’s core competency is design, manufacturing, assembly, and supply of electronics and mechanical components and systems.

It currently produces automotive components and systems including sensors, switches, anti-pinch and voice command window regulator, LED lamp, day-running light, around view monitoring and advanced driver-assistance systems.

Through the collaboration, Madani said more opportunities would be created among local talents at the higher value chain in the industry while ensuring the growth of technology adoption among the automotive players.

Madani said the initiative would start with the exploration of technological components including sensors such as Light Detection and Ranging, Radio Detection and Ranging, cameras, recorders, and other electronic and mechatronic components.

Meanwhile, Goh said the move would also see capability enhancement at the upstream chain, in particular the vendors through accelerated technology adoption.

“We will work together to develop core technology components and systems to accelerate the development of key enabling technologies of NxGVs, MaaS and IR4.0, in line with the strategies and directions stipulated in the NAP 2020,” Goh said.

Earlier this year, MARii announced the development of an EV Interoperability Centre, housing various facilities such as charging stations, smart grid integration solutions and various other infrastructures to accommodate the research and development phase of future mobility.

An Autonomous Vehicle Test Bed is also in the works to enable businesses in the mobility ecosystem to collectively design and validate their products in a single location.

The project is done in collaboration with the industry players that contribute to the design pool for autonomous driving.

NAP 2020 was launched on Feb 21, 2020, with the aim of developing the country towards becoming a regional leader in automotive manufacturing, engineering and technology.

NAP 2020 projects to implement growth on several fronts between 2020 and 2030.

It includes the research of new technologies, the creation of business and job opportunities with new manufacturing processes and value chains development, spurred by the local automotive players and overall mobility sector.