The Ministry of Transport of Russia plans to launch a pilot project of unmanned cargo transportation along the M-11 Neva expressway linking Moscow and St. Petersburg. This was announced at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) by Deputy Transport Minister Kirill Bogdanov.
According to him, by 2024, the department expects to equip the highway with digital infrastructure for the safe movement of autonomous trucks of all world developers and automakers. On the first day of the forum, the department signed a number of agreements. In particular, we are talking about the implementation of joint projects with the Association “Digital Transport and Logistics” (CTL), enterprises “KAMAZ”, “National Telematic Systems” (NTS), SberAutoTech, “Business lines”, Globaltruck and “First Forwarding Company” ( PEC) and the country’s leading retailer X5 Group. In the near future, the ministry plans to include world automakers, developers of unmanned trucks and services, telecom operators and state information systems on vehicles, interested federal and regional departments in the project consortium being formed.
According to the calculations of the Ministry of Transport, the use of drones on the route will allow by 2030 to increase the commercial speed (from 60 to 75 km / h) by 25% for the delivery of goods within one day and by more than 10% to reduce the cost of transportation for logistics companies. At the same time, the implementation of a set of initiatives will make it possible to increase the share of Russia in traffic on the China-Europe route by 10 times and reduce the accident rate in transport by 20%.
The opening of the M-11 highway, which has been under construction since 2010, took place in November 2019. It runs from the Moscow Ring Road to the junction with the Ring Road around St. Petersburg. The total length is 669 km. The construction cost the state 372 billion rubles, and private investors 148 billion rubles.