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Testing of Lastochka driverless train started in Moscow

June 25, 2021, 11:27 (UTC+3)|
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The testing of Lastochka driverless train started on the experimental railway in Shcherbinka in Moscow, RBC writes, citing Russian Railways.

The train is equipped with a smart vision system, which includes video cameras (including infrared ones) and lidars. Artificial intelligence detects obstacles in the way. The testing is supervised by the train drivers and expert developers.

According to the plans of Russian Railways, this year the train will be certified in accordance with level 3 automation (Go3), which includes automatic speed control (in accordance with the schedule) and detection of obstacles in the way. Decision on actions in emergency situations are still made by the driver.

In May, CEO of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov announced that driverless electric trains would start operating on the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) in 2024.

In 2019, Russian Railways demonstrated the self-driving Lastochka on the experimental railway in Shcherbinka for the first time. Then, according to Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, only Russian systems were used to develop the driverless train.

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