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The Digital Breakthrough in Russian Transport: Quick Wins for the State and Business
3 June 2021
09:00—10:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Unmanned vehicles will improve transport safety

Transport is the economic fibre of the country. We can’t move forward without developing and digitalizing transport. […] Unmanned vehicles are the biggest breakthrough initiative. Whether we like it or not, I think that all types of transport will become unmanned in the next ten years. [...] We hope that by the end of 2023 or, perhaps, in the first quarter of 2024, we will already be able to launch unmanned cargo traffic on the M-11 highway. Of course, we won’t limit ourselves to that. […] A drone doesn’t break the rules and doesn’t need to rest. […] Another one of our initiatives is a green digital corridor for passengers. I hope that in the next two or three years you won’t have to present your passport or boarding pass when boarding a plane, train, or other mode of transport. […] Your face will be your passport, your ticket, and your boarding pass. The third initiative is seamless freight logistics. [...] Freight carriers will finally be able to issue a waybill electronically. […] This year we plan to launch a situational information centre of the Ministry of Transport built on the most modern standards. Based on this model, I think similar situational centres will appear in all regions and even, perhaps, in municipalities by 2030. Another one of our initiatives is digitalization for transport security and the use of artificial intelligence systems to prevent all kinds of unauthorized interference in the transport industry. We hope that it will be much safer to travel around the country. And the last initiative is digital twins for transport infrastructure facilities — Kirill Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation.

A self-driving car is not exactly the future, it’s a reality. The US already has a completely autonomous taxi service. A person orders a car through an application, it arrives without a driver, and the person uses it — Anton Shingarev, Director of Corporate Relations, Yandex.

Unmanned transport is our top priority, but as we move towards it, we still have to solve a lot of practical tasks that will enable us to make the service convenient for our citizens and businesses. Of all the positive effects that are expected from the introduction of unmanned vehicles, I believe that safety is key. Unmanned vehicles are what could radically increase road safety — Igor Milashevsky, Chief Executive Officer, GLONASS.

ISSUES
Bureaucratic obstacles are hindering the development of unmanned vehicles

The biggest challenge for a self-driving car is navigating a metropolis at rush hour. […] The technology is not completely ready. […] On the whole, though, we are already ready to operate cars, which we are doing. […] Unmanned vehicles not only include cars, but rovers, unmanned delivery, cargo delivery, last mile delivery, and grocery delivery. [...] In Russia, there are a number of legislative restrictions that we are trying to change together with the Ministry of Transport and other ministries and with the government — Anton Shingarev, Director of Corporate Relations, Yandex.

Everyone is interested in unmanned vehicles now, but we have waybills. For now, all turnover is on paper, unfortunately. These are big costs for all carriers, for the industry, and so on — Maksut Shadaev, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

SOLUTIONS
Related infrastructure will accelerate the development of next-generation transport

We believe we need a whole ecosystem and have to rethink our approach to traffic management. We have developed a whole range of solutions, such as smart urban and long-distance transport systems. […] They control both traditional transport, help with display panels, traffic lights, and so on, and transmit information to connected transport. 5G unmanned vehicles have already been tested, and mechanisms have been developed to automatically transmit information about traffic accidents, integrate with incident management systems, and inform [drivers] about pedestrians on the road. These developments are generating interest not only in Russia, but everywhere else in the world — Aleksey Nashchekin, Chief Executive Officer, National Telematic Systems.

Infrastructure will help and make life a little easier for future and current developers. It will be really great when we can connect to the smart city and get even more traffic information — Anton Shingarev, Director of Corporate Relations, Yandex.

Simplified regulation will benefit the entire transport industry

Our priorities are as follows: very quickly switch electronic waybills and all documentation that accompanies the movement of goods to electronic form in order to completely do away with paper. Our job is to broadly use biometrics to simplify payment for public transport, transport control, boarding, and check-in. Going forward, unmanned vehicles need infrastructure, so one of the immediate tasks is to create standards together with the Ministry of Transport based on which new roads will be built so that they are ready for the introduction of new technologies from the very start — Maksut Shadaev, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

We are already preparing a proposal for the paperless processing of traffic accidents for manned vehicles, i.e., not only without the relevant services and police coming, but also paperless. […] I think the switch from responding to traffic accidents to preventing them will be very important. Requirements for transport will probably change, for example, a requirement for the absence of undocumented functionalities will be added, and a function similar to a black box in airplanes will appear. But this function is easy to do online. The investigation of all incidents should become very important — Igor Milashevsky, Chief Executive Officer, GLONASS.