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Kamaz Releases Updates for Its Self-Driven Truck Project

Published On Oct 07, 2015By Lisa Pradhan

A conference was held at Moscow's National University of Science & Technology (MIS&S) recently, whereby representatives of Kamaz brought updates from the company's autonomous truck project. This included all new photos, videos and even some of the equipment being used for the testing. Speaking at the conference, a company representative said, “The driverless Kamaz has already passed two phases of self-driven testing on proving grounds in Tatarstan and the Moscow region. The vehicle is capable of independently performing basic maneuvers (turning, turning around, moving in a snake pattern, etc.) of stopping before various obstacles and of moving in an organized column. The truck is also capable of distinguishing people and of making sharp turns.”

Kamaz took on the project with the involvement of Cognitive Technologies, a major software company, along with VIST, a hardware firm. MIS&S is also involved in developing software for the truck's safety systems. The project received a massive funding from the country's Ministry of Education and Science, which supplied nearly 5 million US dollars for it.

The developers working with the project claim that their driverless truck is the sole vehicle of its class that is capable of reliable driving in all weather conditions and even poor visibility. “Today, our trucks can move in the autopilot regimes at a speed up to 60 kilometers per hour. This is adequate for urban driving. After a few years they will be able to move safely unattended on roads without human drivers between speeds of between 80 and 90 kilometers per hour,” the Kamaz representative said. “But the main advantage of our truck consists of the fact that unlike its foreign counterparts, our truck is capable of driving on roads with poor marking, and with no markings at all,” he added.

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