In conjunction with Japan Day 2017, UMW Toyota Motor donated a Camry Hybrid to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). It will be used for technical research and development studies by the researchers and students who are studying under the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT).

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to donate a Toyota Camry Hybrid to MJIIT, UTM. This is in line with UMW Toyota Motor’s corporate social responsibility in social outreach, that involves the development of students,” said UMW Toyota deputy chairman Akio Takeyama.

With this, the researcher and students hope to develop new systems for future vehicle technology – MJIIT in UTM is the only research group working in autonomous vehicle research in Malaysia focusing on driving behaviour, advanced driver assistance systems and self-driving vehicles. The Camry Hybrid, which was a pre-facelift XV50 model, was the best candidate for this project due to its large capacity battery. The battery will be used to supply power to the self-driving system.

The research also has close collaboration with Smart Mobility Research Center, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. The institute started out in September 2011 with the concept of establishing a Japanese-style institute of technology in Malaysia.