Russia's self-driving buses due 2017

Russia is jumping on the bandwagon of self-driving vehicles, with Matrjoškas hitting the streets of Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi next year.

The production will start from some 50-60 buses, and they will be used first in secluded areas like Skolkovo innovation park near Moscow, said Alexey Bakulin, the head of Russian bus maker Bakulin Motors Group .

“It’s a modular platform we are building, enabling using it for different vehicles,” Bakulin told ArcticStartup.

The first products will be mini-buses like the one on the picture, aimed for 6-8 people. The firm aims to reach the mass production in 2018.