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According to Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi, Malaysia is looking to learn and possibly implement South Korea’s metropolitan intelligent transport system (ITS).

Speaking to The Sun, Datuk Aziz Kaprawi said high-ranking officials from South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) have endorsed its transport and traffic system for Malaysian highways and urban roads.

“The South Koreans have developed one of the most impressive ITS in the world. We are interested to learn from them about this smart transport system which coincides with the government’s future blueprint for a speedy, convenient and safe transport service,” said Aziz, during a joint meeting with MLIT senior executives at the ninth Apec Transportation Ministerial Meeting in Cebu, Philippines.

South Korea’s ITS utilises technologies such as electronic control and communications integration along with real-time traffic information. Among the highlights of the ITS system include the ability to modify highway speed limits automatically to facilitate traffic flow, while GPS systems in cars continuously receive updates on expected delays and offer quicker alternative routes.

On a separate note, Datuk Aziz Kaprawi also said, “South Korea want to share their expertise and experience on the HSR construction and rail technology with us. They are willing to provide transfer of technology for the HSR project, among other things.” This is in regards to South Korea confirming that it will bid for the KL-Singapore high-speed rail project.