MARii Showcases Future Mobility at KL Auto Show

The Malaysia Auto show 2019 organised by Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARiI) launched last week as the largest auto show in the ASEAN region.

A 3D printer and a by product of the printer, that is used in classrooms as the largest annual auto show in ASEAN region.

With the theme ‘Mobility for All’, the show continues to showcase the latest advances in technology, safety and comfort, as well as trends in the industry that is fast moving towards connected mobility.

A glimpse into the future was also possible via the MARii Mobility Narrative, an area designated to showcase what is possible with mobility.

It begins with the upstream stages of vehicle manufacturing processes – automotive styling, design and engineering all the way to process design.

Then it continues with a showcase of the various technologies and practices within the manufacturing, after sales and mobility sectors, ending with a vision of Malaysia’s mobility ecosystem in the future.

A ‘Mobility Township’ also demonstrated the capabilities of smart technologies, and how our lifestyles will change in the context of daily work and daily living in a community township, for example in areas of Education and a city command centre.

Project mapping, a potential use case for hospitality where a projection of a hostess instead of a real human host welcomes guests.

MDOTS – a MARii initiative

At the MDOTS booth, use cases involving UAV or unmanned aerial vehicles were shown.

According to Manager Mohd. Faizal Amir Baharin, the Mobility Digital Optimisation & Transformation Services (MDOTS) department, works with tech partners to integrate databases of as many data sources as possible.

The idea is to use big data analytics (BDA) to produce analytical insights that serve the public and private sector companies.

Currently MDOTS works with strategic parties like MIMOS and highway operators, the Malaysian Meteorological Department and G3 Global, to have access to these valuable data sources.

Various activities related to robotics were also showcased for the first time, for example a ‘Robot Combat Competition’ and ‘Maker’s Corner.’

In the Maker’s Corner, visitors can build their own robots and other smart applications, with hands-on guidance by experienced coaches and trainers










Robotics ambitions

On the second day of the auto show, MARii signed an MoU with the Korea Institute of Robot Industry Advancement ((KIRIA).

The objective is to collaborate towards capacity building of Malaysia’s robotics industry.

Based on industry demand, a productivity and capability building model will be developed, and Malaysian companies will be matched with Korean companies to collaborate.

MARii CEO, Dato’ Madani Sahari said, “Right after this MoU, there are a minimum of 3 projects

(L-R): Mohammad Za’im Azyze bin Mustapha Azyze, Senior General Manager, Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), Dato’ Madani Sahari, CEO, Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), Mr Moon Jeon IL, President of Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement
Kim Kyu Hwan, Team Leader of Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement

that will bring robotic and automation applications of Korean companies into Malaysian companies.

“It’s not just transfer of hardware, but also technology, the backend and software aspects of robotics and automation, and it is important for Malaysian companies to adopt and adapt to this. It’s the one-way forward,” he said.

In his speech, Dato’ Madani had acknowledged that robotics and automation is important to improve manufacturing processes and productivity. These technologies would be important enablers to producing what the National Automotive Policy 2019 refers to as next-generation vehicles, he concluded.