“Winter City” Final Great Up Winter Drone Takes to the Streets of St. Petersburg


The StarLine uncrewed vehicle, which is being developed by a team of engineers from the St. Petersburg-based NPO StarLine, has been certified and is ready for testing on public roads.

According to the Russian government decree, to drive on public roads, all uncrewed vehicles must first pass certification. Certification and evaluation of uncrewed vehicles are carried out by the state research center FSUE NAMI, which develops and tests motor vehicles.

The StarLine drone passed a series of state road tests. It received a conclusion on the vehicle's compliance with safety requirements. The conclusion makes it possible to test an uncrewed car on public roads.

Boris Ivanov, Project Manager, StarLine Unmanned Vehicle
We need to be able to conduct testing on public roads since we do not have testing grounds simulating real road infrastructure with other road users. Testing on city roads will allow you to debug and improve drone algorithms in actual traffic conditions. This will help to make an uncrewed vehicle a reliable and safe means of transportation.

The uncrewed StarLine car today can move quite confidently in a low-load city. The vehicle detects traffic signs, traffic lights, and pedestrians, going around obstacles, and can be reconstructed into another lane. Previously, the StarLine UAV was repeatedly tested in closed areas of Skolkovo, participated in the race on the Crimean bridge, and became the finalist of the Up Great “Winter City” drone race that took place in the winter of 2019.

Now the development team has begun preparations for testing the car on the roads of St. Petersburg. They plan to start experimenting with Lesnoy and Bolshoy Sampsonievsky Avenues. These zones are located near the office of the NGO StarLine. Large-scale testing is also scheduled on Nevsky Prospect. During testing, a test engineer will be in the drone's cabin, being able to, if necessary, take control over.


About Up Great Technology Contests

Up Great technology contests were initiated by RVC, Skolkovo Foundation, and ASI for innovative Russian companies as part of the National Technology Initiative. Participants are invited to find solutions to the most sophisticated technological problems that have no solutions in the world. The winning team that overcomes the global technological barrier receives a large cash prize for demonstrating a precise and repeatable solution to the competition task to experts, the jury, and the general public. Competition mechanics are developed following the best practices of world technological competitions: XPrize, Darpa Grand Challenge, etc. The operator of the Up Great technology contests is RVC.

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