Autonomous GAZelle NEXT Running on Gazprom Neft Oilfield Roads
The new driverless electric GAZelle NEXT is on test operation at Gazprom Neft’s Yuzhno-Priobskoe oilfield. The driverless electric
GAZelle makes regular trips on the oilfield roads. The vehicle is used for test operation and specific business tasks, e.g. carry industrial cargos with other transport network members. Gazprom Neft will make a decision on the project’s future and regular operation of the autonomous vehicle in 2021 based on the current test results.
Autonomous GAZelle NEXT is already running on Gazprom Neft oilfield roads
The autonomous electric GAZelle NEXT can be seen on the roads of the Yuzhno-Priobskoe oilfield, one of the largest in Russia. It is a real member of the company’s transport network carrying cargos between the facilities just like any other truck. There is a special app to control the vehicle and its operation: a remote operator received a request from the logistics center and sends the fully autonomous vehicle to pick up the cargo and bring it to the destination point on one of the routes.
It is obvious that the vehicle gives good response to all kinds of road situations and can work regular hours without any problems. The new vehicle with its technical characteristics and the software can be operated 24/7. There must be only breaks to charge the batteries for up to 120 km between charges.
GAZ Group in cooperation with the Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University developed algorithms and systems for safe driving on different roads, even on partially marked and unmarked ones, in typical winter conditions of northern Russia. The technical solutions were tested on the company’s in-plant roads and testing grounds and proved to be a success. Young university researchers and GAZ Group engineers supervise the testing process and procedures.