Apparently, unmanned public transportwill appear in Russia much earlier than an autonomous taxi. This is hinted at by the latest news that Russian companies Cognitive Technologies and PC Transport Systems will start testing the first unmanned tram in Russia in the next 1-2 months. There are not so many details about the new project, but they are already enough to get a rough idea of how testing will be conducted and how the automatic control system will work.
Autonomous tram will be made on the basis of the modelVityaz-M, produced from 2014 and developing a speed of up to 75 km / h. The modification will be equipped with an automatic control system created by Cognitive Technologies. It includes about 20 video cameras and 10 radars. They are necessary to recognize people, cars and other objects and quickly respond to their appearance. According to the company’s president, Olga Uskova, the system will remain operational even in rain, fog and other conditions with poor road visibility.
The tram is already being tested at the depot site.Bauman. After successfully passing tests in a safe area, he will be released on the streets of Moscow. Initially, it will travel without passengers on the route Ostankino - Medvedkovo. In this case, the driver will be at the wheel, who in case of danger will be ready to take control in his hands. Commercial launch is scheduled for 2021.
Perhaps running autonomous transport withTrams are the right choice. In Russia, they are very popular and, perhaps, equipping them with an autopilot system is much cheaper. In addition, the likelihood that they will create chaos on the roads is extremely small.
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