MIROS to build new test track in 6 months

The track will be a new playing ground for the group to conduct AEB tests

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic credit: euroncap.com

THE Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) is expected to develop a new one-kilometre test track for safety assist technology assessment and development, as well as Asean NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme).

MIROS DG Prof Ir Ts Dr Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said the new test track is located 3km from the Sepang International Circuit and targeted to begin operation in June this year.

“It will be a new playing ground for us to conduct AEB (autonomous emergency braking) tests,” Khairil Anwar said at the 4th Asean NCAP Grand Prix Awards 2020, which was held virtually yesterday.

Khairil Anwar, who is also Asean NCAP secretary general and acting chairman, said MIROS will build the test track from self-funding upon receiving financial support from the government.

He said MIROS headquarters will be established at the same site with a new crash test laboratory.

In July last year, Asean NCAP had launched its new assessment protocol for 2021-2025.

The third assessment protocol (2021-2025) comprises four pillars of assessment, namely adult occupant protection (AOP), child occupant protection (COP), safety assist (SA) and motorcyclist safety.

Under the SA domain, Asean NCAP will be assessing the effectiveness of the AEB system — a braking system that is applied automatically by a vehicle in response to the detection of a likely collision — fitted inside the assessed vehicle.

Asean NCAP will be assessing two types of AEB systems in the new protocol, which are AEB City and AEB Inter-Urban.

For the Asean NCAP Grand Prix Awards 2020, 12 winners were identified in two main awards, which are Excellent Award and Best Safety Performance Award.

In the Excellent Award, the Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Innova won the Continuous Safety Improvement category.

The Honda City bagged the Consistent 5-Star category, while Toyota Motor Corp clinched the Most 5-Star Brand (2019-2020) category, among others.

Vietnamese automaker VinFast LLC bagged the New Manufacturer Safety Commitment category. In the Best Safety Performance Award, the Honda Accord took the AOP, COP and Overall categories.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Majesty/Granvia won the SA category.

“Over the years, we saw great efforts that have been put forward by vehicle manufacturers to ensure their vehicles are offered with the best safety features for road users.

“As such, the awards will provide them with a competitive edge against other models that do not offer such safety technologies albeit better passive safety technologies or advanced safety assist,” Khairil Anwar said.

He said Asean NCAP, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, would like to recognise not only vehicle models but also organisations or individuals who have worked hand-in-hand with Asean NCAP and continuously strive to ensure the significance of vehicle safety.

Asean NCAP is a new addition to the NCAP organisations around the world, which is targeted to enhance safety standards, raise consumer awareness, and thus encourage a market for safer vehicles.

This is a collaborative effort by MIROS and Global NCAP, in which the latter funded the pilot phase of the project.