Toyota Mobility Foundation Introduces Next-Gen Urban Development and Traffic Management Global Challenge with MDEC Toyota Mobility Foundation Introduces Next-Gen Urban Development and Traffic Management Global Challenge with MDEC
The competition will be done in collaboration with Kuala Lumpur City Hall as Malaysia’s capital is selected as the designated pilot city This public-private... Toyota Mobility Foundation Introduces Next-Gen Urban Development and Traffic Management Global Challenge with MDEC
  • The
    competition will be done in collaboration with Kuala Lumpur City Hall as
    Malaysia’s capital is selected as the designated pilot city
  • This
    public-private multi-partnership will also be engaging related industry
    partners to include more data to analyse
  • As a
    world-first global challenge aimed to improve the quality of life of residents
    of Kuala Lumpur , this challenge will offer up to US$1.5 million in grant
    provisions

KUALA
LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 13 February 2020 – Toyota Mobility
Foundation (TMF) has entered into an agreement with the Malaysia Digital
Economy Corporation (MDEC) to launch the City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge
(CATCH)
. This is the region’s first global challenge that will attract
innovative, data-driven entries from global participants. The aim is to raise efficiency
in urban planning, and drive forward the future of mobility. This partnership
will enable Kuala Lumpur to take the lead in developing next-gen urban
development and city mobility management for the region.

A launch event was held in Kuala Lumpur on 13 February to kickstart the
Challenge, where the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, YBhg. Dato’ Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan,
graced the event as the guest-of-honor.

Rethinking the Future Of Mobility

CATCH will seek to address mobility challenges in Kuala Lumpur with a
global call for solutions, for a period of 8 months, where participants — from
start-ups, academic and research institutions to corporates, or even the
general public — can conceptualize and develop solutions that are dynamic,
intelligent and data-driven to design future city infrastructures.

Shin Aoyama, President
of Secretariat, Toyota Mobility Foundation, said, “TMF
was set up to address mobility issues around the world, using a unique
approach driven by sustainability, innovation and partnership. CATCH was
designed in partnership with the Malaysian government, to encourage data-driven
but human-centered interventions to improve city planning and the mobility
ecosystem.”

Surina Shukri, CEO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, added, “Through CATCH, the global pool of talented start-ups, academics and the world’s brightest minds can develop their next-gen urban
digitalisation ideas and accelerate Kuala Lumpur’s evolution into a city of the future. The program is in-line with MDEC’s efforts to
drive forward the country’s digital economy, catalyze next-gen innovation through Malaysia’s Global Testbed
Initiative and
reinforce the
country’s position as the
Heart of Digital ASEAN.”

Furthermore, TMF will be providing grants at every stage of the
challenge — up to US$1.5 million in total — to support teams towards the
development and trial-testing of the solutions in Kuala Lumpur. Participants
will also have access to expert mentors and an incubation program.

Reimagining Mobility Experience Through Data

CATCH will provide participants with data to empower them to develop solutions
that will be selected in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act. The
data partners are made up of both public and private sectors that have different
data points of a commuter’s journey such as Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Royal
Malaysia Police, Land Public Transport Agency, Grab, MapIT MSC, Mass Rapid
Transit Corporation and Prasarana Malaysia.

Ravindran K., President, UMW Toyota Motor, said, “We take pride in overcoming “impossible”
challenges to make “Mobility for All” a reality. TMF provides the platform to
create a better, more mobile society and we fully support this digital and
data-driven approach.”

About Toyota Mobility Foundation

The Toyota Mobility Foundation was established in August 2014 to
support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to
support strong mobility systems while eliminating disparities in mobility. It
utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working
in partnership with universities, government, non-profit organizations,
research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around
the world. Programs include resolving urban transportation problems, expanding
the utilization of personal mobility, and developing solutions for next
generation mobility.

Source:: Media Outreach

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