In conjunction with the Japan Day celebrations this year, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. (UMWT) has made a donation of a Toyota Camry Hybrid to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
The car will be used for technical research and development studies by the researchers and students at the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
The handover took place during the Japan Day 2017, celebrating 60 years of Japan-Malaysia Diplomatic Cooperation held at the UTM campus in Kuala Lumpur recently.
”We are pleased to have the opportunity to donate a Toyota Camry Hybrid to MJIIT, UTM. This is in line with UMW Toyota Motor’s Corporate Social Responsibility in social outreach that involves the development of students,” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.
Under this project, the researchers and students are currently developing a new system for future vehicle technology. MJIIT, UTM is the pioneer and the only research group working in autonomous vehicle research in Malaysia focusing on driving behaviour, advance driver assistance system and self-driving vehicle.
The research also has close collaboration with Smart Mobility Research Centre, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. The hybrid vehicle is best candidate for this project due to its large capacity battery which can support the self-driving system.
The MJIIT, UTM began its activities in September 2011 adopting the concept of a Japanese-style institute of technology in Malaysia. Offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in engineering, it uses a feature of Japan’s engineering education known as the ’koza’ system. MJIIT strives to become the engineering education hub in ASEAN and is expected to develop into the leading higher education institution in Asia.