SEPANG: The new one-kilometre long Technology Test Track (MT3) by Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) will help spearhead the production of safer vehicles in the Asean region, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said the establishment of a centre of excellence for active and passive safety research on vehicles is a key area in the Malaysian Road Safety Plan 2022-2030.
The construction of the MT3 test circuit will be a pioneer for various tests of active and passive safety systems on vehicles in Malaysia, as well as in South-East Asia.
“Hopefully, the development of this test track can attract private parties and other agencies to work with Miros in ensuring that vehicles produced can meet safety specifications.
“This is to ensure that vehicles on the market are 5-star vehicles and safe to use,” said Dr Wee in his speech at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Miros MT3 track here.
Located near the Sepang International Circuit, the Miros MT3 is targeted for completion by the end of 2022.
Miros chairman Professor Dr Wong Shaw Voon said the test track will be up and running next year.
Wong said tests that can be conducted on the test track include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
He added that the MT3 circuit is also designed to offer collision test services to manufacturers of road furniture such as road barriers and crash cushion, so they can evaluate if their products comply with standards.
“Currently, crash tests on street furniture can only be done in other countries, and that involves high costs.
“This crash test facility in MT3 will encourage local producers to produce more cost-effective products and indirectly help the growth of the local street furniture production,” said Wong.
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