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Unmanned basalt composite electric bus tested in Skolkovo
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Unmanned basalt composite electric bus tested in Skolkovo

They presented an electric bus NAMI-KAMAZ 1221 driven by autopilot during the opening ceremony of the testing range called Monitoring Station.

A high-tech center for testing unmanned vehicles was commissioned on the territory of Skolkovo, the innovation center. The capabilities of the second generation electric bus NAMI-KAMAZ 1221 SHATL (Wide Adaptive Transport Logistics) were demonstrated at this center.

The unmanned vehicle is designed for 12 passengers and equipped with a vision system, navigation devices and downloadable maps. It takes only 50 minutes to fully charge the onboard battery and it is enough to run 120 km.

The bodywork is designed using an integrated basalt fiber composite frame, said Aleksey Guskov, director of the Center for Government and Integrated Programs at SSC RF FSUE NAMI.

The developers say that SHATL 2.0 is for small-scale production. However, there are no technical regulations for certification of unmanned vehicles and legislation to enable them to move on public roads.

This is not an obstacle for conventional cars, but ever stricter ecological requirements encourage automakers to apply composites increasingly more. In response to the growing demand for lightweight innovative materials from the automotive, Henkel has opened the Composite Test Center in Asia.

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