Mass use of unmanned vehicles in Russia at any time of the year is possible in seven to eight years. Dmitry Peskov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Digital and Technological Development, expressed this opinion on Wednesday at an auto test track in Dmitrovsky District of the Moscow Region, where unmanned vehicles are tested on winter roads as part of the qualifying round of Winter City Up Great Competition.
One of the possible options for the use of UVs is the transporting of diamond-bearing ore in Yakutia, the representative added.
Qualification tests of unmanned vehicles in extreme climatic conditions are held in Russia for the first time as part of UP Great Winter City Technology Competition organized by Russian Venture Company, the Skolkovo Foundation and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. The test site was the practice ground of the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engine Institute in the Moscow Region.
The competition has brought together 11 development teams representing technology companies and leading Russian universities from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Tomsk, Ryazan, Ulyanovsk, the Kursk, the Vladimir, the Rostov and the Chelyabinsk regions. The UVs are evaluated in conditions that imitate the conditions of the real urban environment — traffic jams, difficult weather conditions, unclear road markings, low visibility of road signs, frost and snow drifts, as well as pedestrians.
The qualifying stage will last until March 5. The participants need to successfully complete at least half of the tasks to reach the final. The final of the competition will be held in December 2019. The tests will be held in the format of a 50 km race, at the end of which a prize of 175 million rubles will await the winners.