Russian government will accelerate the introduction process of autonomous vehicles on the roads of the country

Russian government will accelerate the introduction process of autonomous vehicles on the roads of the country


 

Autostat.- The head of the government Mihail Mishustin has assigned a number of ministries and departments, such as; the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Ministry of Economic Development to develop measures on the testing and gradual introduction of autonomous vehicles on the roads of the country. The relevant information has been published on the official website of the government. The introduction process consists of the launch of pilot commercial operations in certain constituent entities of the Russian Federation with the usage of highly-automated vehicles without a test engineer in the cabin.

The entire process will be implemented within the framework of the order issued by the president in March, during a meeting with potential investors. As one may remember, the original deadline set by Vladimir Putin for the execution of the order for 31 May, was pulled back to the 12th of May later on.

It should be noted that autonomous vehicles have been operating in neighbouring Finland without the presence of a driver since last year, whole convoys of unmanned trucks cruising on the roads of the country. The list of the individual constituent entities of the Russian Federation, in the territories of which the tests will begin to be conducted, has long been known, in accordance with the resolution adopted by the Russian government previously.

However, currently it’s unclear whether the implementation process of the ground-based autonomous vehicles projects will be accelerated, due to the spread of the Coronavirus. In any case, the tests of highly automated airborne vehicles are already underway, in the interest of combating against the spread of the virus. For instance, just a few days ago, on April 11, during exercises carried out at the Orlovka airport, the possibility of alerting the population using unmanned aerial vehicles has been developed, as well as the deliveries of medical supplies and trial samples of Coronavirus, as reported by Izvestiya. According to other sources, the complex combat measures include the disinfection of the affected areas by airborne unmanned drones.