Development of a Robotized KAMAZ NEO Truck (Industrial Project)

Introduction

This industrial project is conducted in partnership with VIST Robotics division of the VIST Group JSC (Russia, Tsifra Group of Companies) with support of KAMAZ and aims to develop a robotized KAMAZ NEO 5490 truck. The project PIs are Dr. Zhandos Yessenbayev (NLA) and Dr. Almas Shintemirov. Within the project the VIST partners will equip a test KAMAZ truck with an autopilot hardware for remote vehicle telecontrol by a human operator or autonomous vehicle operation from a high level mission planner. At the same time, the joint ALARIS lab is designing software modules for vehicle autonomous motion planning and trajectory following with on-line detected obstacle avoidance to a target location. The vehicle will also execute autonomous parking maneuvers to position the truck in specified orientation. The computer vision module will recognize different objects – basic traffic signs, pedestrians, animals, road barriers, other parked vehicles for autonomous truck route replanning based on specified scenarios. Experimental tests of the robotized truck will be conducted on a open-air test site designed at the premises of Nazarbayev University campus.  More information of the project can be found at NU web-site and here.

Current Results 

  • Initial system hardware including Velodyne VLP-16 LIDAR sensor, radars and RGB cameras are installed on the experimental KAMAZ NEO truck by VIST and ALARIS teams and the test drive of the vehicle was conducted on the project test-site for sensor calibration.

  • Virtual models of the test-site and a truck were created for vehicle autonomous motion planning and parking maneuver algorithms development and simulation experiments.

  • Dr. Jaguar 4×4 mobile robot platform has been upgraded for outdoor autonomous control from a control PC for experimental testing of the developed motion planning and parking maneuver algorithms in the experimental test-site before implementation on the KAMAZ truck.