The National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2018 will be unveiled in the third quarter of this year, according to the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI). According to MAI CEO Datuk Madani Sahari, the updated policy will place an emphasis on aligning the local automotive industry with connected mobility, Bernama reports.

He said the agency, together with the ministry of international trade and industry (MITI), were currently reviewing the policy, which was introduced in 2014. The update will encompass four key pillars, namely connected mobility, Industry 4.0, new generation vehicles and artificial intelligence.

“We are talking to every original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the automotive sector to determine when they will be ready to produce connected vehicles. We have asked them what is needed to align their plans (in producing these),” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Malaysia Autoshow 2018, which began yesterday.

Madani said the NAP 2018, which would run until 2030, will focus on aligning the local automotive industry with connected mobility and put into place measures to assist the OEMs to be ready for this. He added that the critical years will be between 2020 and 2022.

“Car producers cannot just simply think of manufacturing cars. They must produce cars with a certain level of connectivity, intelligence and ability to communicate,” he explained.

Madani said that it was important for everyone to understand the technology, not just those in relevant industries but also the public. “Under NAP 2018, we will outline the measures for the car producers, related ministries and agencies. These measures will also make sure that we are ready across the ecosystem, including preparing the society (to accept connected mobility),” he said.

The connected mobility industry is also expected to create more than one million jobs within a five-year period. Madani said the target was based on a preliminary research on the ecosystem of the industry, which was seen to be growing.

“Connected mobility is targeted to undergo transformation from a product to a service in the long term, and thus open up business opportunities and occupations for the groups taking this opportunity,” he said.

He added that national automaker Proton is expected to be at the forefront of connected mobility through its partnership with Geely, which will enable it to have access to the technology needed to support the vision outlined by the NAP.