The first unmanned KAMAZ trucks were pilot-operated at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field located on the Gydan Peninsula of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District.The first digital KAMAZ trucks based on serial KAMAZ-43118 cars have completed pilot operation on winter roads in the Arctic.
For several months, two robot cars carried out cargo transportation along the 140-kilometer winter road connecting the autonomous oil field with the village of Tazovsky.
A distinctive feature of these cars is that they are allowed to go on routes in difficult weather conditions, when ordinary cars with drivers are prohibited from leaving. For unmanned vehicles, such extreme conditions are not a problem: communication between cars is carried out via industrial Wi-Fi, 3G/4G and a special frequency on the VHF band. Cars are equipped with several types of sensors that monitor the environment around them: they build a digital road map, recognize various kinds of obstacles within a radius of 200 meters, fix static and moving objects.
The possibility of uninterrupted operation of cargo drones during typical operations at the northern oil fields will allow the owner of the equipment to significantly reduce the delivery time of goods, minimize downtime of equipment, etc. After the winter roads are closed and until the end of autumn, unmanned trucks will continue to work at other facilities, where they will also carry out ground transportation.
The development of unmanned vehicles, including trucks, is one of the main trends in the automotive industry. Active work in the field of creating unmanned trucks and trucks with ADAS began at KAMAZ back in 2017-2018. By this day, the company has extensive experience in the development of unmanned trucks, combining efforts with Russian specialists, cooperating with leading universities, contributes to strengthening the technological independence of the country.
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