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Malaysia Interested On Applying South Korea’s ‘Impressive’ Intelligent Transport System On Their Highways And Urban Roads

by Czarelli Tuason / Nov 09, 2015 09:52 PM EST
Seoul traffic (Photo by Chung Sung Jun/Getty Images)

Malaysia's Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi announced the country's interest on applying South Korea's metropolitan intelligent transport system (ITS) on their highways and urban roads. According to Aziz, South Korean officials for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) have already endorsed the country's transport and traffic system to Malaysia, reported Paultan Oct. 26.

"The South Koreans have developed one of the most impressive ITS in the world," said Aziz at a bilateral meeting with senior executives for MILT at the ninth Apec Transportation Ministerial Meeting in Cebu, Philippines. "We are interested to learn from them about this smart transport system which coincides with the government's future blueprint for a speedy, convenient and safe transport service."

Aziz discussed how South Korea's intelligent transport systems utilize electronic control and real-time information and communications to manage and monitor the flow of vehicles in high-traffic areas, noted Carlist in their article on Oct. 26.

"The South Koreans have developed one of the most impressive ITS in the world," Aziz said. "We are interested to learn from them about this smart transport system which coincides with the government's future blueprint for a speedy, convenient and safe transport service."

According to CNN on Apri 8, 2010, South Korea's intelligent transport system puts the country ahead in smart transport alongside Japan, with the average speeds of vehicles on Seoul's roads increasing from 20 to 24 kilometers per hour in the past five years.

Fewer accidents and less pollution were also reported, as well as automatic toll collection, giving a $1.5 billion worth of savings annually, thanks to the country's ITS systems. South Korea reportedly plans to continue ITS funding up to $230 million dollars annually until 2020.

"Our transportation life in Korea has much improved -- and our quality of life as well," noted the director of the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) Kee Yeon Hwang.

Meanwhile, with regards to South Korea's bid for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project, Aziz stated, "South Korea wants to share their expertise and experience on the HSR construction and rail technology with us." He added, "They are willing to provide transfer of technology for the HSR project, among other things."

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