Drones are planned to be used in Yakutia to transport diamondiferous ore. “We are working together with the government of Yakutia to create a permanent testing ground for the industrial testing of these technologies.”
This was announced on February 27 at the auto track in the Dmitrovsky district of the Moscow region, where unmanned vehicles are being tested on winter roads as part of the qualifying round of the Up Great Winter City contest by Dmitry Peskov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on digital and technological development, reports TASS.
"There, in this kind of transportation, unmanned technology is fundamentally important in the winter, since any error is critical there. It is in these conditions that unmanned vehicles can prove much better," said Peskov.
In his opinion, the mass use of unmanned vehicles in Russia at any time of the year will be possible in 7-8 years. "In the mode of 365 days a year, around the clock, on all roads, at best, the mass use of UAVs on the roads of Russia will be possible in seven to eight years, but in some segments it can happen faster, on specialized roads, in shuttles from point A to point B. Here we will rely on the energy of large companies with which we are discussing options for applications," said Peskov.
Qualification tests of unmanned vehicles in extreme climatic conditions are held for the first time in Russia as part of the UP Great Winter City technological competition organized by the Russian Venture Company, the Skolkovo Foundation and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. The tests were conducted at the testing ground of the Central Research Automobile and Automotive Institute in the Moscow region.
The competition involves 11 development teams representing technology companies and leading Russian universities. UAVs are evaluated in conditions that imitate the conditions of the real urban environment - traffic jams, difficult weather conditions, fuzzy road markings, low visibility of road signs, frost and snow drifts, as well as pedestrian traffic.