The story of MCAS is a shining example of what can be achieved through perseverance and motivation to make positive impact within the communities. It all began when two researchers from the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) were reviewing a database of the MIROS's naturalistic motorcycle riding research project. They came across an event that involved a near-crash between a motorcycle and a car (picture below). The event involved a colleague of them who was riding the motorcycle on a high-speed multilane highway when a car suddenly changed lanes onto his path without signaling. Fortunately, he was able to steer out of the harm's way in the nick of time, but the researchers realized that it could have easily been a lot worse.
This close call sparked an idea in their mind: what if there was a motorcycle technology that could detect potential collisions and alert the rider (and a potential collision partner) in advance? This idea grew into MCAS, a revolutionary pre-collision warning system for two-wheelers. With its advanced sensors and algorithms, MCAS has since become a game-changer in motorcycle safety research in Malaysia, helping motorcyclists avoid potential collision and stay safe on the roads. The two researchers, Ts. Alhapiz and Tc. Hazazi started the MCAS project with low-cost ultrasonic sensors, with a limited range of just 4 meters, and a MYR 400 training fee to learn Arduino.
The team pressed on, driven by their passion for improving motorcycle safety. They poured countless hours into self-learning, software coding, hardware integration, motorcycle fabrication and field testing. Finally, in January 2020, they completed the first MCAS prototype. But that was only the beginning. The team was encouraged by the promising progress of the first prototype, so they invested in a 12-meter range LIDAR. They then challenged themselves with a 40-meter range LIDAR. In December 2020, they successfully secured funding for a higher-range LIDAR sensor before embarking on the arduous journey of testing the prototype on the road, working tirelessly to refine and perfect the system.
In May 2022, the project, then had grown into a full-fledge research project called Project for Research on Powered Two-Wheeler Crash Evasion Technology (PROSPECT), achieved another milestone when MIROS formalized a collaboration with PLUS Malaysia Berhad to initiate a pilot project to install MCAS on actual motorcycles used by commuting motorcyclists in Malaysia.
The story of MCAS is a testament to the power of innovation and the spirit of never giving up on a dream.
Redefining the Way
We are constantly learning and growing, and our experiences shape the way we move forward. Sometimes, we take a step back and reassess our direction. Other times, we forge ahead with confidence. But no matter what, our motivation to save lives keep us going.
Perhaps, one day, the road ahead will be self-explaining to all riders, so that they may travel safely and without fear.
May the unforgiving structures that lie in wait be seen and avoided, so that no more lives are lost.
Our Journey So Far
NOV 2019 - MCAS IDEATION
The first concept and ideation of a retrofittable pre-collision warning system was conceived with the aim to prevent crashes involving motorcyclists, especially those who ride small-engine motorcycles.
JAN 2020 - FIRST MCAS PROTOTYPE (ULTRASONIC SENSOR)
The first working prototype with automated audio, visual, and phone-call alert functions was completed.
JUNE 2020 - FIRST FITMENT OF MCAS ONTO A MOTORCYCLE USING 12 m LIDAR
The first fitment of MCAS on actual motorcycle was carried out. Significant progress was made in testing the integration of GPS modules, GSM modules, and MCAS system for distance-based alert activation on a 2007 100cc Honda motorcycle.
FEB 2021 - FIRST SUCCESSFUL FIELD DEMONSTRATION AND MEDIA RELEASE
A field demonstration of the MCAS prototype was successfully conducted for MIROS top management in a controlled environment. The demonstration showed the system's ability to detect objects and activate alerts automatically. MIROS released a media statement to announce the innovation to the public.
NOV 2021 - FILING OF PATENT FOR MCAS TECHNOLOGIES
The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (MIROS) filed a patent application for MCAS technologies on November 11, 2021, with patent application number PI2021006604.
MAY 2022 - THE LAUNCH OF A PILOT PROJECT TO RETROFIT MOTORCYCLES USED BY COMMUTING WORKERS IN MALAYSIA WITH MCAS SYSTEM.
Following the successful collaboration agreement with PLUS Malaysia Berhad to co-fund the project, the official launch of the project was announced to the public.
AUG 2022 - FIRST FITMENT OF MCAS ONTO A SPORTBIKE MOTORCYCLE MODEL
The team successfully retrofit the MCAS system on A 2015 Yamaha FZ150i.
OCT 2022 - FIRST PARTICIPANT'S MOTORCYCLE FITTED WITH MCAS
A 2004 Yamaha Ego 115 cc scooter was the first motorcycle model installed with MCAS system in the pilot project.