A photograph session with Dr Annuar (seated in car).

KUCHING: Sarawak will map the Pan Borneo Highway in 3D once it is completed, said Education and Technological Research Assistant Minister, Dr Annuar Rapaee.

He said to make the 3D maps, the state was collaborating with a technology company, HERE’s True Car technology. 

“The 3D maps will make driving in future safer,” added Dr Annuar   when officiating at the launch of HERE’s True Car technology at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching yesterday, on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“With the collaboration with HERE Technologies Company, we can unlock the power of location intelligence to impact lives.

A photograph session with Dr Annuar (seated in car).

“This can also inspire innovative business development, such as transforming the future of transportation and logistics, building smart cities of tomorrow and autonomous driving,” he added.

South East Asia (SEA) regional manager of HERE Company, Abhijit Sengupta said the HERE True Car technology captured real-world features with 360-degree high definition imagery using Lidar 3D laser scanning technology.

“For the past 30 years, we have observed first-hand the key role that digital mapping and location technology played in the development of people and societies.

“As such, we are pleased to bring HERE True technology to East Malaysia. We have utilised the HERE True technology back in Peninsular Malaysia since 2015, producing outstanding results and now, the Pan Borneo Highway is set to be our first project in Sarawak and Sabah states which we will map in 3D.

“Armed with 3D capability, the True Car will provide highly defined and precise coverage of roads and highways, shops and businesses, and residential areas.

“The data is then transformed into geometric locations and attributions for places which we can then integrate into HERE products and services,” he explained

Also present at the event were mayor of Kuching North City Datuk Abang Abdul Wahab Abang Julai, ACP Nik Mahmood who represented Sarawak Police commissioner and  permanent secretary to the Local Government and Housing Ministry Bakrie Zaini.