Driverless buses to be launched at Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum

Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) has announced a cooperation agreement with Bakulin Motors Group to test a driverless bus, which will be launched during September’s Eastern Economic Forum.

Testing of the first Matryoshka driverless bus will take place on FEFU’s campus on Russky Island in Vladivostok, following the signing of the agreement by FEFU Vice President for Development Dmitry Zemtsov and Alexey Bakulin, the head of Bakulin Motors Group.

The partners also plan to establish new driverless vehicle laboratories on the campus and develop systems for testing these vehicles on public FEFU roads.

Their first joint project will be the launch of a pilot route for the driverless bus, which will run on the campus and be tested by the university’s graduate students and developers.

Matryoshka is a fully autonomous vehicle developed by residents of the Skolkovo technology and innovation cluster. It is designed to work as a municipal vehicle and can carry passengers or cargo.

Testing for the autonomous vehicle was carried out on closed sites in Skolkovo, as Russia has not yet established regulations for driverless vehicles.