Finland and Russia develop intelligent transport
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and ITS Russia have inked a partnership agreement concerning the development of intelligent transport systems (ITS).
The basis for the co-operation is Project CAVLANE, which seeks to develop new services, products and standards for border crossings in particular.
CAVLANE is linked to an initiative of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade to create a roadmap for transport solutions that support automated driving, as well as to the Autonet-2 scientific and technical initiative.
“The goal is to promote automated driving and therefore to prepare for the advent of robotic cars with varying degrees of autonomy,” says VTT’s executive vice president, Erja Turunen, in a release. “VTT has a long history of developing the reliability and safety of autonomous cars.”
The project involves the testing of ITS services for drivers before and after border crossings, such as queue cautions and standardised EU V2V warning messages.
Finnish companies already involved in the project include Indagon, Nokia, Vediafi, Dynniq and Infotripla, with a similar business consortium in Russia. Businesses from all over Europe are hoped to participate.
The Finnish Transport Safety Agency’s TrafficLab and the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications launched a project aimed at enabling new transport services for cross-border transport in May.
VTT also heads a project launched by TrafficLab in May, which involves testing digital transport services in Arctic conditions and offering seed money to businesses.
The eventual aim is to link CAVLANE to an ITS route sponsored by the Russian Government. This would commence from the biggest cities in Finland and run via Helsinki to Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and China.
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