KamAZ “Shuttle” Autonomous Electric Minibus is powered by four electric motors built into wheels, is 25 kilometers per hour.
The start of the serial production of autonomous minibuses “Shuttle”, which KamAZ designed in cooperation with the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automobile Institute of NAMI, is planned for 2022, the TASS agency announced, citing a statement by the Deputy General Manager of “KamAZ” Ireka Gumerova.
According to him, four trial models are underway. They check the functioning of the autopilot in closed zones and parks. In the near future, customers will also test it, and their suggestions will be taken into account when designing the serial model.
“Somewhere by 2021, we will start testing the bus under control. In 2022, it is likely to be a serial product for use in closed zones with speed limits.” Gumerov said.
In June 2018, “Shuttle” (which is the abbreviation for “Wide Adaptive Transport Logistics”) made its first test drive on the special route in Kazan. By driving the first passengers, an electric vehicle with 12 seats went over a 650-meter-long journey at an average speed of 10 kilometers per hour.
According to the manufacturer, the maximum speed of the minibus, powered by four electric motors built into wheels, is 25 kilometers per hour. KamAZ autonomous electric minibus will be manufactured in two variants: with front or rear towing and with towing on all four wheels.