Thursday, 14 March 2019

Peek into future of transportation

Next month, the Malaysia Autoshow will open its gates for the fifth time at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS).
The 2019 edition, themed “Mobility for All”, will continue to showcase products of the Malaysian automotive industry in Malaysia and the region, with an increasing focus on Malaysia’s vision towards connected mobility.
More than 200 exhibitors will feature the latest products and services in a culmination of elements that would provide Malaysians a glimpse into the future trends of transportation and mobility, as well the adoption of advanced designs, manufacturing and connectivity, in line with MARii’s rebranding as the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute.
The car show will continue to offer a 3km test track for visitors to sample the latest models and variants.
This unique track will provide a proper avenue to test full features of a vehicle and experience first-hand handling, ride and comfort of the vehicles.
The show will feature numerous outdoor activities, such as a four-by-four off-road experience, go karting, gymkhana, drifting and fun-filled family activities.
For the first time, it will introduce the International Auto Modified (IAM), a regional touring event for automotive lifestyle that showcases creativity and innovation of car modifiers from Malaysia and the region.
The car enthusiasts will display more than 100 cars that have been personalised.
The MARii Mobility Hall will provide a new experience for visitors – a fully immersive walk-through of the automotive industry–from its upstream activities at the design and development stages of a vehicle and components to technologies available in the after-sales sector to ensure the life cycle of the vehicle remains safe and roadworthy.
This renewed approach allows visitors to see, touch and experience the entire automotive and mobility value chain in action, allowing a deeper appreciation of skills, talents and technologies that surround the industry, including its visions and ambitions for connected mobility in the future of Malaysia’s industrialisation drive.
The end of the walk-through will tease the imagination of visitors of the future, as they experience possibilities of connected mobility.
At the same time, visitors can expect to access new activities in the fields of robotics and Internet of Things.
The car show is expected to feature robotics, coding and Raspberry Pi classes for young visitors and a robot challenge featuring top robotics makers.
The Malaysia Autoshow 2019 continues to be the epicentre of public participation in the development of the Malaysian automotive industry towards global competitiveness.
As we draw closer to the fifth edition of the show, I believe the maturity of the annual calendar event will bring us closer to our goals.
The Malaysia Autoshow 2019 will not just be a show by MARii or the government but also a show of individuals and companies that constitute the industry makeup – the prime movers of technology, the commitment and drive of those who dare to dream of an advanced, industrialised Malaysia.


The writer is the chief executive officer of Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii)

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