A government-linked company (GLC) under Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance had announced the approval of Malaysia’s first testing route for self-driving vehicles in Cyberjaya. This approval enables autonomous vehicles to be tested on public roads legally. The self-driving car that has been given the approval to make use of the route is Malaysian tech startup eMooViT Technology with its modified and still-in-development self-driving Proton Exora.
This was revealed by Futurise, a subsidiary of Cyberview Sdn Bhd under the Ministry of Finance. The testing route called the Cyberjaya Malaysia Autonomous Vehicle (MyAV) Testing Route, the route was jointly developed by Futurise together with Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport with the aim of developing the nation’s future capabilities for creating self-driving vehicles.
It is believed that eMooViT’s Proton Exora will be tested on one of these routes, if not both
The route will be split into two segments; one a shorter route circling around the Futurise campus and its neighbouring buildings and the second route is a longer path runs through a larger area of the area surrounding the Futurise campus.
It is said, the route in total will span seven kilometres. It is believed that eMooViT’s Exora will be tested on one of these routes, if not both. This upcoming trial will likely be the first of many tests involving autonomous vehicles in Cyberjaya.
The approval of Malaysia’s first testing route for self-driving vehicles in Cyberjaya come after guidelines for the trialing of autonomous vehicles on public roads was approved by relevant authorities in 2019. The guidelines in place entail a number of protocols for roa safety and minimising risks to public road users.
These include having clear signage in place to alert people of the operation of self-driving vehicles in the area as well as the need for there to be a trained safety officer in the vehicle at all times during operation.
eMooViT specialised in developing and providing driverless software that is vehicle-agnostic
eMooViT Technology was founded in 2016 and the company specialised in developing and providing driverless software that is vehicle-agnostic. Meaning, it can be applied to more than just one type of vehicle and meant for urban environments. eMooViT aims to perfect their software so it can be applied in various world situations such as first/last-mile transportation, logistics, and others.
Speaking about the next steps for self-driving vehicles in Malaysia, CEO of Futurise Mahadhir Aziz said, “The next step will be plans to expand the coverage to a few key locations such as Putrajaya.”
“Self-driving vehicles and shared mobility could provide transportation to many people. It is key to helping people who have difficulties accessing transportation.”