Self-driving will be tested in Alabuga. Rifkat Minnikhanov: ‘We would like unmanned vehicle developments to be centralised’

Self-driving will be tested in Alabuga. Rifkat Minnikhanov: ‘We would like unmanned vehicle developments to be centralised’ 14.06.2023

Expanding the boundaries of the use of intelligent transport systems is one of the goals of the programme for the development of the Russian transport system. Changes have been made in the programme recently, the document has been added with new stages on its implementation in the regions, including in Tatarstan. At the beginning of the year, the Ministry of Transport and Road Management of the Republic of Tatarstan and ROSDORNII signed an agreement to establish a pilot zone to enable experimentation and testing technology for intelligent transportation systems. This zone will soon become the territory of Alabuga SEZ.

Modernisation of transport system of Russia assumes the active introduction of innovations related to IT solutions. Today, intelligent transport systems (ITS) are increasingly coming to the rescue in matters of road safety. In accordance with the Safe High-Quality Roads national project, ITS began to be implemented in urban areas with a population of over 300 thousand people, and the first results of this work have already yielded results. Over the last two years, the number of accidents has fallen by 12,7%, deaths on the roads — by 12,3%, wounded — by 12,8%. It is noteworthy that the republic has worked in this direction longer than other regions of Russia.

“We have been engaged in the development of digital transport systems in Tatarstan since 2010. Within this project, we developed a set of directions to ensure road safety. In 2016 and 2018, the republic conducted a specialised conference on its," Director of Road Safety State Institution, сorresponding member of TAS Rifkat Minnikhanov said at the conference of Realnoe Vremya.

The work is underway in other areas, to a greater extent with the social direction: “It is the creation of an adaptive system for control and monitoring of the transport network (EPUTS), public transport, which involves the interests of the population. This system is designed to collect and analyse traffic on the city roads in real time.” Developments in these areas are still carried out at the expense of budgetary funds, but, according to Rifkat Minnikhanov, business participation is needed here: “If this is a service, then the commercial component, of course, should be actively manifested here. This will be a separate topic of discussion on the digital forum that will be held in Kazan in September.”
As the organisers of international events expect, this year the number of visitors and participants is going to exceed last year's level of 17 thousand, reaching about 25 thousand people. At the moment, more than 50% of the site has already been reserved. The forum will be held with the support and participation of the Ministry of Digital Development of Russia — the organising committee of the forum this year is headed by the head of the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Maksut Shadaev.

The event, despite the geopolitical situation, will retain the status of international — as head of Road Safety SI and Chairman of the board of the Association for promotion of digital development of the Republic of Tatarstan Rifkat Minnikhanov believes, foreign companies will be at least 1% of the total number of participants. Willingness to participate in the forum have already been expressed by representatives of Bulgaria, Belarus, Uzbekistan, UAE, Turkmenistan, Croatia, Indonesia and several other countries.

Kazan Digital Week 2023 expects almost 1,5 times more participants and guests. (INFORMATION LETTER)

The topic of the introduction of intelligent transport systems will be included in the agenda of Kazan Digital Week forum, which is held this year from September 20 to 22. These are special platforms for the management of the transport complex and infrastructure facilities, identification and navigation of moving vehicles. Today in Russia, five federal projects related to ITS are adopted for implementation. In addition, there is an instruction from the president of the country in the field of artificial intelligence development: “We say: digitalisation and end-to-end technologies. Artificial intelligence is present everywhere, and these system solutions can be implemented in many directions," Rifkat Minnikhanov said during the online conference.

“My dream — that doctors of science with application solutions to speak on this site. Today, we, unfortunately, haven't come to that point yet. But there is a business that solves a specific state objectives and which will be presented at the site of our digital forum.”

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