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Robots found a place in Vladivostok

To the WEF on the Russian island can earn bus-drones and bots-tractors

Robots found a place in Vladivostok
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To the third Eastern Economic Forum (WEF), which will be held in September 2017 on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University, unmanned buses "Matr? Shka" can be launched on the Russian public roads. This was stated on Sunday by the pro-rector of the FEFU for Development Dmitry Zemtsov. According to him, in the next 1.5-2 months the university together with the manufacturer will test the system in order to release the "drones" to the WEF for a short route near the campus. A forum with many foreign guests is a "good reason to step up work on the introduction of" drones "in Russia and to show the level of development of robotics in our country," said Zemtsov. "For the manufacturer, Volgabus, which will provide buses for the project for free, is an opportunity to enter into cooperation with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region," he added.

The platform of the unmanned bus "Matrёshka", we recall, received the support of an interdepartmental working group under the presidium of the Council for Economic Modernization and Innovative Development of Russia, which oversees the implementation of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) this winter. It is a universal platform on which any superstructure can be installed - from the passenger compartment to utility equipment. Prototypes of vehicles based on "Matrёshka" are already being tested at the Skolkovo Research Center and the Sirius educational center (Sochi), but so far within the framework of dedicated test sites. On public roads, "drones" do not move anywhere in Russia yet: there are no corresponding regulations.

But Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev, who oversees the development of the Far East, instructed the Ministry of Transport and several other departments to develop a regulatory framework that would regulate the use of "drones", Dmitry Zemtsov said. "The development of regulations is now the main challenge to the issue of drones. We hope by autumn to achieve the necessary changes to the traffic rules, which will allow unmanned buses to be introduced on the Russian island for the first time in the country," said the FEFU vice rector. True, if the changes in the regulatory framework do not have time to be adopted, the university and the Vladivostok authorities will have to allocate a section of the route along which Matrёshka will walk to a testing ground, as in Skolkovo. Earlier, Volgabus announced that it would initiate the creation and adoption of regulations for unmanned passenger transportation on public roads in 2018.

Buses are not the only "drones" that can be shown to guests of the third WEF, Dmitry Zemtsov adds. Avrora Robotics, which has been testing robotic tractors Agrobot since last year, also plans to present its products at the forum. "Agrobots" can work in an autonomous mode, being guided by sensors, or managed by an operator. According to the pro-rector of the FEFU, the management center of such a bot can be placed at the university, and the robot itself was taken to a site in the territory of Mikhailovsky's advanced development. "The university is solving a very important task with such projects as with Matröshka and Agrobot platforms.High-tech companies receive a presentation platform, our students and the opportunity to enter foreign markets, university partners that can give students challenging tasks," stressed he.

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