Intelligent Highway System Speeds Up Traffic

The “Road 2022” X International Specialized Exhibition in Kazan featured a round table on the development of expressways in Russia and fostering conditions conducive to the development of highway infrastructure.

The “Road” Exhibition and Forum is the largest industry discussion forum in our country, bringing together reputable international experts and key representatives of the Russian road and highway transportation industry.

During the round table event hosted by the Avtodor State Corporation, the participants recognized that expressways not only provide better convenience and mobility for the population, but they also produce a colossal socio-economic effect. They function like the circulatory system of the economy, attracting investments to the region thanks to presence of a developed road infrastructure, the emergence of large industrial clusters and logistics terminals, and the creation of new tourist routes.

The development of modern transport corridors would be unthinkable without properly equipping roads with advanced technologies. Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) improve road safety, regulate traffic, and help drivers save time and fuel, thereby significantly increasing the level of mobility between regions. ITS act as a tool for interacting with both the road infrastructure and other road users.

In his speech, Marsel Nigmetzyanov, General Director of General Operator (a subdivision of Telematika), said that ITS technologies speed up traffic, open up new opportunities for development in the road transportation sector and related industries, and provide a general economic boost for the regions of the Russian Federation. To date, the Central Ring Road is the smartest road in the country. It’s features the Russia’s first free-flow tolling system developed by the domestic concern Telematika. This road also features an automatic traffic control system (ATCS), which can connect to and interact with connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Marsel Nigmetzyanov believes, “The intelligent transport systems halve the accident rate by informing drivers about current road conditions. Smart infrastructure can interact both with the road itself and with other road users. In the near future, smart roads completely covered with various technological solutions will provide a springboard for the introduction of connected self-driving vehicles.”

The discussion was moderated by Tatyana Remezova of Russia-1 TV channel. The following participants presented reports at the round table: Aleksandr Bulushev, Minister of Transport and Road Facilities of the Republic of Bashkortostan; Igor Koval, First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board for Investment Policy of Avtodor State Corporation; Artem Chukin, Deputy Minister of Transport and Road Facilities of the Republic of Tatarstan; Ilya Zotov, Chairman of the RF National Association of Passengers, Member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, and Member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation; Sergey Ivanov, Chairman of the State Committee of the Republic of Tatarstan for Tourism; Konstantin Makiyev, Deputy Chairman of the Board for Operator Activities and Development of User Services; Long Haiyang, Chairman of the Board of CC7 company (PRC); Aleksandr Sokolovsky, Head of the Department of Land and Property Relations of the Russian Federal Road Agency; Aleksandr Mikhankov, General Director of Selta Ltd., the Motor Transport Company of the MAGNIT Retail Chain; Vladimir Goncharevich, Deputy Managing Director of Ozon; Mariya Moskovtseva, Director of the Transportation Control Center of Delko Ltd.