Oleg Deripaska’s Volnoe Delo Foundation and GAZ Group summed up the results of competitions of automated vehicles RoboCross 2017 with involvement of Skolkovo Foundation. The absolute winner of the student nomination was CVL Robotics team of Moscow Technical University, the best team of engineers and commercial organizations was FSUE NAMI, and the winner of “Will-to-win spirit” special nomination was the team of Nizhny Novgorod Technical University.
It was the eighth competition of the robotic vehicles on the proving ground of Gorky Automobile Plant within the framework of “Robotechnics. The engineering personnel of innovational Russia” Program, which is implemented by the Volnoe Delo Foundation under support of GAZ Group.
Copter Express (Moscow) won the nominations of “Autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles” and “The best engineering solution” in the competition of unmanned aerial vehicles; Le Talo (Vladimir) was the best team in “Fast response class” nomination, and also outflanked its rivals in RoboCross Technologies.
19 student teams of the leading higher educational institutions of Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Ryazan, Kovrov, Vladimir, Orenburg, Samara and Saint Petersburg took part in the competition. Not only road vehicles, but also unmanned aerial vehicles participated in RoboCross.
The program of this year was supplemented by new tasks for the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The GAZ Group development strategy provides for the plans to equip its vehicles with the advanced driver assistance systems to minimize risks of human-induced road accidents.
Within the framework of the main competition on the specially prepared proving ground, the participants demonstrated the ability of their vehicles to fulfill tasks on the ground and in the air in fully automated or telemetric modes, perform a number of exercises on the land and in the air using the data received from the global navigation satellite system GLONASS. A real situation was simulated for teams to run an unmanned vehicle in the autonomous mode along a route with obstacles, u-turns and other maneuvering, including those involving the reverse gear. Apart from demonstration of autonomous flight, the unmanned aerial platforms also performed tasks on delivery of loads to a certain destination using preset coordinate tags.
In the area of RoboCross Technologies the teams represented their projects to GAZ Group experts focusing on resolving of certain tasks of unmanned and intelligent systems, which may be introduced in the nearest future. The most popular subjects in this area were lane departure warning, lane change assistance, front collision warning, emergency brake assistance systems.
GAZ Group engineers were members of the jury of the competition. All regulations were developed with active participation of GAZ Group Engineering Center and Robotechnics Program Resource Center. The majority of teams had taken part in RoboCross before with GAZelle vehicles presented to them by Gorky Automobile Plant, which is the most active participant of the Robotechnics Program.