MARii, MIROS sign MoU to improve vehicle safety levels, develop MyMAP star rating for motorcycles

MARii, MIROS sign MoU to improve vehicle safety levels, develop MyMAP star rating for motorcycles

Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to raise the level of vehicle safety via R&D in the aspects of vehicle safety, road users and infrastructure.

Through the MoU, both parties will have a strategic cooperation in R&D activities, the development of capacity, the development of standards, and the publishing of research in fields such as motorcycle safety, next-generation vehicles (NxGV), components and critical spare parts.

“Since the establishment of MARii in April 2010, MIROS and MARii have worked together to research ways to improve road safety from the aspects of vehicles, road users and infrastructure. The results from the research will be used as the base to form and developed national-level strategies and policies,” said MARii CEO Datuk Madani Sahari.

MARii, MIROS sign MoU to improve vehicle safety levels, develop MyMAP star rating for motorcycles

“For carmakers, they can enjoy more advantages via the Customised Incentive scheme offered by the government if they fulfil the set criteria. This initiative is capable of detailing the safety and environmental aspects to support the development of sustainable tech,” he added.

The organisations say that MARii will contribute its expertise in the development of technology, especially in the field of NxGV for the development of the NxGV Test Bed in Cyberjaya.

Meanwhile, MIROS will share its expertise in developing “scenario setting” for traffic conditions and real-world Malaysian driving simulation. The parties will also work together to shorten the accident reconstruction analysis period using a MARii-developed computer system.

“Among the projects identified is the development of a star rating programme for motorcycle safety (MyMAP) and also NxGV,” said MIROS director-general Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim. MyMAP is a new motorcycle safety programme akin to ASEAN NCAP for cars. The MyMAP bike safety scope includes suitability, the adaptation of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regulations and the promotion of safety tech such as ABS and traction control.

MARii, MIROS sign MoU to improve vehicle safety levels, develop MyMAP star rating for motorcycles

MARii says that with MyMAP, motorcycle buyers will be able to make a better choice, especially in terms of safety, which is the most important aspect.

On the topic of standards, car safety standards in Malaysia may be higher than in some of our ASEAN neighbours, but we’re still behind the developed markets. Never mind AEB, ABS is still not mandatory for all new cars, and so is stability control (ESC was supposed to be mandatory by June 2018, but no updates since). Isofix child seat mounts are also not compulsory, and neither is the use of child safety seats.

However, it must be said that the carmakers – especially those at the budget end – have been pushing the envelope when it comes to safety kit and today, even entry level models like the Perodua Axia and Bezza can be had with ESC and AEB. Not to be scoffed at as until very recently, some new German premium cars did not ship with autonomous emergency braking.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • newme on Jan 06, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Bayarlah kalau nak star lebih.

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  • sugarhill on Jan 06, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    no point having hi tech car if our roads have potholes everywhere.

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    • Ghani on Jan 07, 2021 at 12:54 am

      High tech cars can detect potholes and plot the correct path to avoid it. Owhsem!

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  • AJibkor on Jan 06, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    OMG…this permaidani dude again.
    MOUs are just for show,and publicity.
    Whats important is CONCRETE ACTION WITH RESULTS.
    TAX ringgit should be spent on other area of national interest,like the health crisis.

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  • Vanguard on Jan 06, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Oh yeah. New year here. MArii-Miros gang as usual busy signing MOU, buat-buat kerja. No follow up after that.

    When year end comes, KPI cantik and pat yourself in the back.

    Repeat above every year.

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    • alldisc on Jan 07, 2021 at 4:34 pm

      Makan gaji buta dan buat2 wayang-wayang.

      Kesiannn… MArii-Miros xboleh Work from home

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  • 4G63T DSM on Jan 06, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    What has MARii done beyond signing all the MOUs?

    Anyone actually know?

    Why isn’t SIRIM and JPJ not involved?? They are not important?

    Star rating for motorcycle?? Hell good that does when you are the squishy bit covering the bike. Why not just get SIRIM to work on certification on protective equipment instead?

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    • ClumsyBoy on Jan 11, 2021 at 10:43 am

      The one who wrote this comment don’t even know the Malaysia auto industry background. MIROS lab is located in JPJ premises, and of course they are involved. FYI, KP JPJ also was there. While SIRIM is MARii’s sister agency and have collaboration also. A lot of stakeholders are trying to strengthen and revitalise our economy. Well, Dont just talk, while you are doing nothing.

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