Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Digital and Technological Development Dmitry Peskov
Hybrid uncrewed vehicles of Russian design will appear on the domestic roads in just one or two years. This opinion was expressed on Tuesday by the special envoy of the President of the Russian Federation on digital and technological development, Dmitry Peskov.
He noted that fully autonomous uncrewed vehicles would not appear on Russian roads for about ten years.
According to him, the development of the unmanned transport industry at the beginning of the XXI century is not inferior in importance to the development of the first aircraft or nuclear icebreaker fleet in the last century.
Speaking about the prospects of the participating teams, he suggested that all of them shortly will develop their own business or will be acquired by large Russian or foreign companies.
Five teams take part in the final of the Winter City contest from Up Great — Winter City MADI, BaseTracK (both Moscow), NSTU (Nizhny Novgorod), StarLine (St. Petersburg) and Auto-RTK (Taganrog). At a training ground with an imitation of a real urban environment, uncrewed vehicles overcome regulated and unregulated intersections, recognize traffic signals, pass through a railway crossing, and tunnel.
The training ground at which the races are held consists of “urban” and “suburban” sections. The first one presents all the infrastructure that is found on the streets of a real city: adjustable and unregulated intersections and pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, and buildings. Cars-simulators move on the roads, and pedestrians are represented by mannequins, which are set in motion by unique complexes. The "suburban" section includes a dirt road and straight sections imitating the route. A safety barrier made of concrete blocks is organized along the entire route.
Each uncrewed vehicle is equipped with a non-volatile tracker, which in real-time, transmits information about the speed and location of the car. Information is displayed on the screen in the guest tent, and the line judges make sure that the vehicles do not violate the rules of the road. The winner is the team whose development will go the route the fastest and earn the least amount of penalty minutes. The prize fund of the Winter City is 175 million roubles.
Up Great technology Russian Venture Company, Skolkovo Foundation, and the Agency initiated contests for Strategic Initiatives for Russian Innovation Companies as part of the implementation of the National Technology Initiative. Participants are invited to find solutions to complex technical problems that do not yet have an answer. Competitions are developed in accordance with the best practices of world technological competitions — XPrize, Darpa Grand Challenge, etc.