Africa-Press – Cape verde. Tests of fully driverless vehicles could begin in Russia in 2025-2026, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov said on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, the first self-driving KAMAZ trucks started shuttling between St. Petersburg and Moscow on public highways, transporting cargoes. Belousov noted that Russia was on track to gradually switch to level 5 autonomy in its driverless vehicles industry.
The official added that level 5 autonomy vehicles will require what is known as a smart road pavement, which contains sensors and communication elements necessary to interact with the self-driving car.
“This is a smart road with broadband Internet access, which allows traffic operator to control the movements of the vehicle online, as if they were sitting in the cabin,” Belousov said.
He noted that there are currently no such roads in Russia, but the authorities were working on the issue, in particular, by constructing 5G stations, which are required to interconnect between a self-diving vehicle, the smart pavement and an operator.
“We have planned everything in this initiative until 2023 and have been proceeding according to the schedule. I’m sure that we will start testing level 5 autonomy vehicles in 2025-2026,” Belousov said.
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