Archive of entries posted on September 2010

Towards Almaty

Now we are close to Pavlodar. Unfortunately, due to the heavy delay causes by customs problems of the last days, no autonomous driving until we reach Almaty. Our friend with the expired visa, together with the interpreter, is now in Novorsibisk to solve the visa problem, they will rejoin the expedition in Almaty. The steppe [...]

Customs by night

We travelled all day until we finally reached the Kazakhstan border early in the morning (4:30 am local time), when we discovered that the russian visa of one of the guys had just expired at midnight! Guess what? We ended up being trapped in the custom as usual, and we are still waiting to resume [...]

Standing still

Still stopped at the customs for problems with the electric generator documents. In the meantime we have some rest in a Barnaul pub. Hope we can start next run soon.

Stop in Barnaul

Today we are stopped in Barnaul to gather some customs documents, we should have the time to check the calibration of the systems. The airport officials gave us some gadgets and flags as a welcome gift. They have been very kind. Due to this stop no satellite connection for today.

Towards Barnaul

Yesterday in the morning we visited the city, after an amusing night we spent drinking beer and singing traditional italian songs with some russian guys we met at the pub In the afternoon we showed the vehicles to the mayor of Novokuzniek and then we had the press conference. At the end we answered  the [...]

In Novokuzneck

First run of 74 km today but unfortunately the car transporter has a problem that the truck drivers haven’t been able to figure out yet. Anyway for the moment the transporter keeps going. Arrived in Novokuzneck late afternoon, we parked the vehicles near the ancient Fortress of Kuzneck and went to the hotel. Last autonomous [...]

Mountains of Gold

First autonomous run of 70 km today, we’ve driven with plenty of uphills and downhills on the beautiful Altay Mountains, the “Mountains of Gold”. Had then a very good second run with 80 km done and still enough batteries left to drive for another few kilometers but as we were starving at that point we [...]

Demos schedule change: no Kemerovo

Due to organization matters, next demo will be held in Novokuzneck. We apologize for the late announcement.

No demo day

This morning we did some pre-demo routine maintenance on the vehicles. Unfortunately once arrived at the shopping center we had to give up the demo: the external parking lot was to small and the underground one too low to let the vehicles get in plus the shopping center building was too high so there was [...]

In Novosibirsk

Yesterday early afternoon we entered autonomously in Novosibirsk police escorted (for safety reasons only, no other fines for the moment!). A very smooth run so that was good. Unfortunately the leading vehicle ran out of batteries before arriving at the hotel so we couldn’t record images from the vehicles set of sensors for the whole [...]