KAMAZ PTC, VIST Group (“Tsifra” Group of Companies) and Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) completed a large international project to create the KAMAZ-5490 NEO robotic truck tractor.

To implement the project, KAMAZ provided one of the new popular cars in the company’s product range – KAMAZ-5490 NEO. At the first stage of the project, the employees of the VIST Group company unit responsible for robotic systems, partially refitted the car and prepared it for  autonomous movement. The truck has a set of systems for providing autonomous movement, a significant part of which is the company’s own development. For safe movement and scanning of the environment, the car was equipped with lidars, radars and a positioning system of the Continental, Quanergy, Trimble world’s leading manufacturers. 

As part of the first stage tests were performed at a special training ground located on the territory of the Skolkovo innovation center.

“For the VIST Group, the truck tractor is a new unmanned platform that increases our competencies in the field of robotic technology. Interest in the introduction of unmanned transport among industrial enterprises is increasing, which allows us to offer more comprehensive solutions for their digitalization,” commented Dmitry Vladimirov, CEO of VIST Group.

At the second stage of the project specialists from Nazarbayev University joined the completion of an unmanned tractor at a test site in Kazakhstan. Developers from Kazakhstan added a computer vision system to the functionality of the car which allows the car to recognize various objects – people, animals, road fences, markings, as well as independently rebuild the route taking into account the detour of these obstacles.

“The project is unique in the context of Kazakhstan and partly even ambitious, but so far it is a question of technology transfer and development of competencies. Despite the fact that the project is quite complex and high-tech all the tasks were carried out in close collaboration with the engineers of VIST Group. The project team has about 20 people, most of whom are students, undergraduates and doctoral students of Nazarbayev University. The accumulated experience will become the basis for further development in the field of unmanned vehicles, both in terms of research and in terms of potential generation of know-hows and commercialization of technology,” commented Zhandos Isenbaev, the project supervisor.

The development of robots in the truck class will make it possible to use them for transporting goods inside industrial facilities, as well as implement comprehensive programs for the digitalization of enterprises, which are handled by the Digital Group of Companies, the KAMAZ’s partner.




The KAMAZ press and frame factory was granted the right to participate in welding and stamp parts of the cab for the new model range – the KAMAZ-54901 automobile.

In order to master the production of the carcass, a stamping and welding workshop for cab parts was created. Organization of production here was organized as safe as possible. There are resistance welding machines, electrical welding posts and robotic cells, as well as technical quality control posts on a compact platform.

There is no limit to perfection and after two years   a number of improvements in this area have carried out. The special stand contains detailed instructions on the principle of “3 NOTs” for defect-free production organizing, ready-made products with tags with brand designations are brought to the sample stand.

Also, innovations were introduced at the site to increase labor productivity. So, for example, in order for the machine to work on resistance welding, they did not overload the working part of the electrode, which had to be spent on cooling. Attention is paid to working conditions as well. Special trolleys have already been made that reduce the load on welders when storing parts in containers. There are other ideas that will also help to increase the labor efficiency.

For now there is the development of new products of the K5 generation. The start of mass production is scheduled for the next year. By the time of launch, the site should grow to a premium standard, because KAMAZ-54901 belongs to it, for which products are manufactured here.



KAMAZ managers and specialists took part in the business program of the 17th International Exhibition of Gas-Cylinder, Gas-Filling Equipment and Gas-Engine Equipment – GasSuf 2019, held on October 22-24 in Moscow.

In the “Gas engine park of the country: an integrated approach to the formation of the industry” key working section, Evgeny Pronin, the Director of gas engine technology of KAMAZ PTC made a presentation about the development of this area. Today KAMAZ mass-produces gas-engine analogues of almost all diesel cars. The fleet of KAMAZ vehicles operating on natural gas in the Russian Federation has already exceeded 10 thousand units. Over the years, the company has worked out the service technology in detail and KAMAZ’s extensive dealer network is ready to serve gas vehicles throughout the country.

GasSuf is Russia’s largest annual international exhibition of gas-filling and gas-fuel equipment. On this site, specialists get acquainted with new market products and find effective solutions for their business from leading Russian and foreign manufacturers. This year about 60 companies from 13 countries of the world took part in the exhibition.