Silicon Valley are pushing hard to release driverless vehicles and we know Google is in front of that revolution. But they are not alone. Russia is also in front of that revolution, and President Vladimir Putin are highly supporting driverless vehicles.
Russia has launched their new driverless transportation buses at the World Cup in the city of Kazan, and Russia`s truck maker are showing the world their technology skills. So far, their unmanned vehicles are banned on the open road, so they will travel only 650 meters.
(KamAZ «shuttle» is a bus with the autopilot on electricity. It was first presented at the Moscow International Automobile Salon in 2016)
The truck maker is KAMAZ PJSC, which is co-owned by German automaker Daimler AG and Rostec. KAMAZ is taking the fans from Kazan`s meeting point to the Kazan Arena. The driverless buses will drive on an empty road with no traffic which is surrounded by a light fence to keep away animals and pedestrians.
KAMAZ demonstrated the first autonomous electric bus a few days ago, according to the company. The unmanned M2 category small-class SHATL (Wide Adaptive Transport Logistics) vehicle, developed by KAMAZ in cooperation with NAMI, is intended for hard-surface roads, using data from digital maps, navigation systems and technical vision organs.
«Electric and unmanned vehicles are currently amongst the main directions of development in Russian engineering industry», as stated by the general director of KAMAZ Sergei Kogogin. «SHATL is our latest development, upon the example of which, the main trends in car manufacturing may follow.
KAMAZ is only one of our unique driverless vehicle models. Specialists in KAMAZ are actively working on such models at the moment, within the framework of the development of intelligent transport systems.»