Drivers are not needed for these races; sensors and automation are responsible for all movements. In the final of the Up Great technology competition, uncrewed vehicles compete.
Five teams hooked up in the final stage of the drone knockout round from St. Petersburg, Taganrog, Nizhny Novgorod, and two from Moscow. The task is to drive 50 kilometres along a particular training ground. Moreover, the main thing here is not speeding, but safety.
But even artificial winter is already a real obstacle for drones. Special cameras read obstacles and signs on their board. Snow is also an obstacle for them. The machines will have to take into account not only snowdrifts but also, for example, snow-covered signs. To do this, they were painted with white paint on purpose.
But the most challenging thing about these devices is their software. And here, people do everything.
The prize fund of the final stage amounted to 175 million roubles. And for this, the teams needed only to drive through all the steps. However, in reality, everything turned out to be much more complicated — hundreds of rules and dozens of obstacles. Nevertheless, money is not the main thing here.
Uncrewed vehicles will undoubtedly become an element of ordinary life, and someday the appearance of a car without a driver will cease to seem something unusual. But for domestic developments to be shot in the future, they need to be developed today.