There are experiments with self-driving taxis and freight transportation in China, Russia and Europe. The technology has already been developed quite well, but it exists in a certain legal void. We do not have a regulatory framework for such operation, and these experiments are being tested at some testing grounds and logistics centers, or in confined areas, at best — Olga Arkhangelskaya, Partner, Head of Real Estate, Hospitality, and Construction Services, Head of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Government, and Public Group in the CIS, EY.
We need the willpower to be conveyed in strategic legislations, so as to demonstrate that this will inevitably happen. At the initial stage, we need the government to determine the operators who would be managing this at first: operators of the control system, dispatchers of unmanned vehicles, or the first basic vehicle operators — Evgeniy Ditrikh, Chief Executive Officer, GTLK.
The question is, who is to blame if something goes wrong. Not everything is a rosy picture; there will certainly be software failures. Who will be in charge? The maker of the unmanned vehicle? Or the software developer? Or the infrastructure operator? This is a regulatory framework that has not been developed in any way — Anton Zamkov, General Director, RT-Invest Transport Systems; Director, Digital Transport and Logistics Association.