Russia Takes the Wheel in Funding Self-Driving Car Research

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Russian engineers will be provided with all the state support they need to develop a Russian-made driverless vehicle in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.


Speaking at the opening of the Kyoto Science and Technology in Society forum on Sunday, Dvorkovich said that the Russian government has "begun implementation of a new technology-oriented initiative, aimed at a completely new market, which will prevail by the middle of the 21st century," RIA Novosti reports.


The deputy prime minister explained that a Russian-made self-driving car would be a fine example of the government's commitment to the high-tech economy of the future, promising that it would provide financial and organizational assistance to Russian developers, along with support from the country's research and development funds.

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