Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology & Innovation (MRANTI), through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), on Thursday launched the country’s largest multi-scenario autonomous vehicle (AV) experimental laboratory known as AV XL at MRANTI Park, Malaysia.
MRANTI said in a statement that MRANTI AV XL is a center of excellence for testing and research in AVs and next-generation vehicles (NxGVs) designed to accelerate the development of Malaysia’s mobility sector.
Following discussion with industry, government agencies and stakeholders, the experiential lab represents a comprehensive approach based on the principles of human-centered innovation and designed for co-creation, adaptability and responsiveness.
“In addition, it is also an initiative that can improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in the future,
“MRANTI AV XL which is the largest AV technology testing and verification site in the country,” he added.
MRANTI AV XL comprises a 12-km marked test route and enclosed multi-storey car park, a digital twin for virtual testing prior to physical deployment, 5G network coverage and infrastructure for ultra fast data cellular transmission.
Efforts are also underway to offer an AV simulator and the MRANTI Deploy AV-as-a-Service Certification which aims to be the base reference for the national adoption and deployment of AVs on Malaysia’s roads depending on the approval of the relevant parties.
“MRANTI AV XL is capable of hosting multiple scenarios at any stage of the research and development (R&D) commercialization and innovation (C&I) lifecycle and by bringing these key AV players together on this platform, we hope to fast-track the development of the industry and drive the future of mobility in Malaysia and the region,” Chang added.
During the launch, eight AV research projects were announced with partners – University of Nottingham Malaysia, NanoMalaysia, and the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University Singapore which manages the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs (CETRAN).
MRANTI is working closely with industry partners – Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii) and Futurise as well as other regulators and relevant government agencies to gear the industry forward.
“MRANTI Park is leading the way as Malaysia’s first 5G-enabled innovation park, featuring a 5G Experience Center,
“In the context of an AV XL, these 5G capabilities bring about a profound transformation. AVs depend heavily on the ability to transfer data instantly and maintain uninterrupted connectivity to operate safely and efficiently,
“With 5G technology, MRANTI AV XL is able to carry out advanced testing, development and research with an unprecedented level of precision and reliability that was previously beyond reach,” he added.
MRANTI serves as a connector, incubator and catalyst to enable early-stage ideation to mature entities to commercialise and scale.
The agency offers innovators and industry access to world-class integrated infrastructure, interventions and programs, partnership and a suite of resources.
In doing so, MRANTI aims to expand Malaysia’s funnel of innovation supply, and unlock new R&D value by ensuring effective transitions in the commercialisation lifecycle.
It will also link academia with industry and the public sector to streamline market-driven R&D efforts for mission-based outcomes.
MRANTI which is headquartered at MRANTI Park, an extensive 686 acre 4IR innovation hub in Kuala Lumpur, is supporting the growth of smart manufacturing, biotech, agritech, smart city, green tech and enabling technology clusters.