The Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) has provided some details about its autonomous vehicle test bed (AVTB) initiative, which is one of the technology access points it plans to develop in 2019.

At the institute’s 2018 overview briefing session with the media today, Datuk Madani Sahari, CEO of MARii, explained the plan is to test various technologies relating to autonomous vehicles to assess its compatibility with the infrastructure and environment in Malaysia.

“We will be testing all these technologies in these autonomous vehicles to ensure that they are safe and reliable according to local conditions in Malaysia,” he said.

Madani added that MARii will work with other ministries and agencies such as Futurise, GreenTech, the road transport department (JPJ) and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) to set up a test bed in Cyberjaya.

The institute is aiming to kick off the test bed in two stages this year, with the first half of 2019 comprising of planning, while the second half is when the testing phase begins. “We have visited similar autonomous test-bed facilities elsewhere, including Singapore, Europe and Japan,” Madani said.

Autonomous vehicles is one aspect that will be incorporated into the upcoming review of the National Automotive Policy (NAP), with the other being electric vehicles. As reported in November last year, the new NAP was supposed to be revealed at the end of 2018, but that is only set to be revealed this year.