The Finalist of the Up Great Winter City Competition Successfully Tests an Unmanned Vehicle in St. Petersburg


On July 10, a StarLine uncrewed vehicle successfully passed the first tests on the roads of St. Petersburg.

To test autonomous driving algorithms, the district of Mars Field was chosen; there is quite heavy traffic there, many traffic lights, road signs, and pedestrian crossings, which allowed StarLine engineers to test the autonomous driving algorithms they had developed in a real road situation. During the independent trip, a test engineer was in the drone's cabin to control the drive.

“We are satisfied with the results. All algorithms that had been worked out in closed areas were successfully revealed in real traffic conditions. The car managed to recognize traffic lights and other vehicles, allowed pedestrians to cross the road, and performed lane changes. We received a lot of useful data and new information about what algorithms still need to be worked on,” says Boris Ivanov, head of the StarLine Unmanned Vehicle Project.

In December 2019, the StarLine drone showed the best result in the final of the Up Great Winter City technology competition at the NAMI training ground. The StarLine car covered 50 km of the track, simulating a real city's road conditions in winter conditions, in for hours, taking into account the “penalty” minutes. In March 2020, the StarLine drone passed a series of road tests and received a conclusion on the vehicle's compliance with safety requirements. This conclusion makes it possible to test an uncrewed car on public roads in the framework of Government Decree No. 1415.

The Up Great Winter City competition is organized by RVC, the Skolkovo Foundation, and ASI as part of the National Technology Initiative. Five participants in the competition, including the StarLine team, demonstrated their uncrewed vehicles' readiness to be tested in challenging road and weather conditions in Russian cities.


About Up Great Technology Competition

Up Great Technology Competition 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 complex technological problems, which have no solutions in the world. The winning team that overcomes the global technical 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 in accordance with the best practices of world technological competitions: XPrize, Darpa Grand Challenge, etc. The operator of the Up Great technology competition is RVC.

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