This is reported by TASS with reference to the general director of UKVZ Roman Novikov .
According to Roman Novikov, the technical task of the project is ready and “the components are clear to us”. The CEO added that if the first unmanned tram is assembled in 2022, then long tests, as well as adjustments and improvements, will follow.
Earlier, in the spring of 2019, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin told reporters that a joint venture would be created on the basis of UKVZ and Invitro to produce an unmanned city tram for medical purposes. Rogozin said that anyone who wants to can get a minimal medical examination in such a tram.
It is still unclear whether those statements by the head of Roscosmos were yet another manilovism, but it is puzzling that now, in a pandemic, the more than actual project of a medical tram (albeit an unmanned one) has stalled in the media field, and nothing has been heard about it.
In the spring of 2020, transport industry experts were skeptical about the Roscosmos project. For example, the general director of the research agency InfraNews, Alexei Bezborodov, expressed the opinion that in the next 20 years Russia will not need self-driving trams. According to him, the legislation does not allow launching the drone system, and half of the turnouts throughout the country are still switched manually.
Alexander Saversky, president of the League of Patients' Defenders, agreed with him. He explained that the tram will not be able to perform the functions of an ambulance.
“It is unclear what analyzes and research can be done on the move. All this is some kind of exotic, which is not clear why it is needed, ”Saversky said.
As for the non-core activity of Roscosmos, whose enterprises, in addition to missiles, produce sledges, electric stoves, beer equipment (and much more), experts have repeatedly noted that the production of non-core products is a long-standing Soviet tradition. Not the best, but old.