Kamaz's 'Robocop' Truck: Paving the Way for Autonomous Heavy Haulage

by AutoExpert   |  13 November, 2023

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Kamaz, the Russian truck manufacturer, has just lifted the veil on its latest prototype, aptly nicknamed 'Robocop'. This driverless dumper, which seems like it's leaped right out of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick, isn't just for show – it's fully functional and ready for real-world testing in coal mines.

Based on the Kamaz Atlanta 48, 'Robocop' retains the four-axle 8×4 chassis, a robust turbodiesel engine, an impressive payload capacity of 108,027 pounds, and its signature cab-over design. While its insides echo the first-rowed model, the exterior is a different story. It boasts unique parts designed to highlight its autonomous nature – notably, the absence of mirrors, windows, and doors, signifying no need for a driver.

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Instead, an array of sensors takes the driver's place, mounted behind a dark windshield-style panel, on the side wings, and on the roof, scanning the surroundings continuously. Plus, when full autonomy isn't feasible, remote operation by an operator is an option.

As reported by Russian media outlet Drom, 'Robocop' is tailored for tight spaces like coal mines. Kamaz plans to put this prototype's cargo-carrying prowess to the test in Kemerovo, Siberia, often called the coal mining capital of Russia.

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This self-driving behemoth is built to transport cargo under extreme weather conditions – environments that would be too harsh for human drivers, thus ensuring uninterrupted operations even in the depths of winter.

Kamaz's reputation in the trucking world is well-established, thanks to its 19 victories at the Dakar Rally. This Russian truck powerhouse was a dominant force in the rally's truck segment until its participation was curtailed following Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year.

 

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