Medvedev promised benefits to manufacturers of unmanned vehicles

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday, July 21, took a ride on a driverless bus SHUTTLE (shirokolanovka transport logistics), a joint project of the automaker KAMAZ and scientific research automobile and automotive engines Institute of the US.

After the demonstrative part of the Prime Minister held a meeting on the development of besplatnogo and electric transport in the country. During the meeting, Medvedev said about the need to make significant changes to transport legislation, traffic regulations and insurance market development of unmanned vehicles. “Such orders have been given, but it is a complex matter and will need hard work”, — said the Prime Minister (quoted by “RIA Novosti”). “The emergence of UAVs must lead to a decrease in the number of accidents and the harmonious distribution of flows, the cost of travel,” he said.

Photo: Yekaterina Shtukina / TASS

Medvedev said that the state financial will support the projects of unmanned vehicles. In 2017 for these purposes has been allocated 600 million rubles for the next year this amount will be more, he added, without specifying details.

In addition, the government is going to discuss the initiatives for the introduction of tax breaks and export incentives to manufacturers of components for electric vehicles in Russia.

According to the analytical Agency “AUTOSTAT” and the traffic police, in Russia at the beginning of 2017, there were only 920 of electric vehicles and 44 million “normal” cars. In the first quarter of the market of electric cars fell by 23.5% compared to last year for three months, had sold just 13 cars, seven of which are put on the account in Moscow and the Moscow region. For comparison, over the same three months it was sold 322,46 thousand new cars. That is, the share of electric vehicles is only 0,004%.

And one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electric car company Tesla in the first quarter of 2017 delivered more than 25 thousand cars.

Unmanned bus, which drove Medvedev, exists in a single copy, said the head of the project “SHUTTLE” Alexei Guskov. In the spring of 2018, there will be four. “The operation will still only in closed areas. You might receive approval to use it on the world Cup”, he said.