AutoKrAZ unveils autonomous variant of its Spartan armored personnel carrier 20710163

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AutoKrAZ unveils autonomous variant of its Spartan armored personnel carrier
An autonomous protoype of the KrAZ Spartan armored personnel carrier is ready to come into service. All the adjustment and test works on self-driving KrAZ vehicle are over, the Ukrainian vehicle manufacturer KrAZ announced on Oct. 6, 2016.
AutoKrAZ unveils autonomous variant of its Spartan armored personnel carrier 640 001AutoKrAZ's autonomous Spartan prototype during field tests
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The first national smart special vehicle is based on the KrAZ-Spartan military armored vehicle. This trailblazing for our country project is a result of strong partnership between the only Ukrainian manufacturer of trucks “AutoKrAZ” and “Infocom Ltd”, a company headquartered in Zhaporozhye.

The national Pilotdrive system mounted on the KrAZ-Spartan is provided with a series of special sensors used for detecting the surrounding environment. The system uses an infrared camera with automated targeting and acquisition system, video camera with 360-degree field of view, front and rear radars for obstacle detection, distance measuring device, intelligent presence sensor with detection range of 18 m. Pilotdrive system helps the KrAZ-Spartan vehicle measure width of road and detect obstacles around. Analysis and decision system responds in the split second and the vehicle can immediately avoid obstacles.

The self-driving KrAZ-Spartan vehicle is controlled using a tablet, “smart glove” or operator station.

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Real-time data are provided to vehicle through WiFi/Wimax with range from 10 km to 50 km. In addition, the self-driving vehicle is provided with SmartDrive software and hardware system and Teach-inDrive system, which remembers desired track. Coordinates for basing are transmitted from GPS satellites.

The main objective of creating the self-driving KrAZ vehicle is to help military in combat zone minimize risks and save lives of personnel carrying out various tactical tasks. Self-driving KrAZ vehicles will carry ammunitions, food stuffs, fuel and medicines into the combat zone and will deliver wounded personnel to hospitals. As a rule, these trips are dangerous because of high risk to be shot down, but shooting down a small and mobile self-driving KrAZ–Spartan vehicle wouldn’t be a simple task. However, even if it is the case, people will not be hurt.

The innovative Ukrainian product, first domestic self-driving KrAZ-Spartan vehicle will be unveiled at the Exhibition Arms and Security - 2016 held October 11-14 inKiev.