Unmanned Vesta will help US hone driving algorithms – DRIVE

The vehicle is equipped with radar, cameras, including stereo, frontal, central and side lidars, and is guided by a high-precision 3D map of the area.

The NAMI Science Center has developed an autonomous driving system that can be installed on different cars in the future. The prototype based on Vesta began to travel in the fall, and recently NAMI spoke in more detail about the project. The car can independently drive from point A to point B, selected on the map, making maneuvers and rearrangements. Of course, he “sees” other road users (evaluating their trajectories), pedestrians, traffic lights, signs. In processing data from sensors, both software algorithms and neural networks are used.

To test all systems, NAMI combines field tests with virtual ones. For the sake of tests, maps of several formats are created, combining filming of real fragments of the terrain with a canvas, markings, signs transferred into a virtual environment.

Vesta became unmanned for the first time last year. Since April 2021, a station wagon (video), built by “Mostransproekt” and MADI. The vehicle transports test bottles between the hulls.

Within the framework of the project, the research center also intends to create a system of automatic group movement of vehicles behind a piloted leader. This idea is essentially identical to the European project SARTRE, in which Volvo tested the movement of several drones in a caravan, in 2011-2012 (then up to five cars were lined up in a chain with a distance of several meters). We add that NAMI is not the only company or organization dealing with autonomous transport in Russia. For more than one year, Yandex and Starline drones have been tested on the roads, projects such as Matrёshka have arisen, and even competitions have been held for autonomous vehicles.


Source: DRIVE.RU by www.drive.ru.

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