The Road Transport Department (JPJ) recently announced that they plan to launch an automated driving test or 'e-testing' system this year
Candidates will no longer have a JPJ officer sitting next to them during driving tests under the new system
JPJ director general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid said that tests would be assessed remotely.
He explained, "Candidates will still have to go through the normal circuit. However, the examiner will no longer be in the car and will monitor the test from a control room at the driving institute."
"If the candidate bumps into a pole or commits any other mistake, the officer in the control room will know immediately," he added.
They hope that through this initiative, they will be able to lessen human-to-human interactions and increase the integrity of the department.
The e-system is currently being tested out at several driving institutes in Johor as a pilot project
According to The Star, the 'Ujian Kurikulum Pendidikan Pemandu' (KPP01 Test) and other JPJ table tests are also quickly shifting towards being fully computerised.
A total of 122 driving institutes in Malaysia have applied to open computerised examination centres on their premises.