The first self-driving car based on the domestic station wagon started operation at the City Clinical Hospital No. 1 (the First City Hospital). The new self-driving car delivers patient analyses (biomaterial samples) between hospital buildings.
Since September last year, a foreign-made autonomous vehicle was already in place on hospital grounds but has now been replaced by a Russian-manufacturered vehicle.
Scientists from the MosTransProekt Research Institute worked on the car. Together with colleagues from the Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University (MADI), they equipped the car with unmanned technologies. The car has already passed certification at the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute (NAMI) – though it will still be ‘piloted’ by an operator who will monitor traffic safety from a driver’s seat.
“We are glad that today we managed to launch a self-driving car based on a domestic car, this is the first car of this type that performs social functions, helping medical personnel.” Said Alexander Polyakov, Director of MosTransProekt.
Since 2019, a pilot testing program for innovative solutions has been implemented in Moscow. Scientific developments are tested on urban and commercial sites. More than 50 technology-driven projects have been successfully tested since the launch of the program, and about 30 more are still being tested. Today, developers have access to more than 100 sites for testing their solutions: in the fields of information technology, education, medicine, construction, industry etc.
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