Transport technology frontiers explored at International Economic Forum

The St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) hosted a panel discussion on pushing technology frontiers in the transport and logistics industry.

Held on 22nd May as part of the SPIEF event which took place in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the panel discussion on transport technology developments involved Alexander Gurko, the President of the GLONASS Union, who spoke about the omnipresence of satellite navigation technology in modern transport systems.

The panel also heard how the application of technology to transportation is now becoming more consumerized with the formation of high profile technology alliances involving communications companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Google entering into partnerships with vehicle manufacturers in an attempt to enable their platforms (Carplay, Windows in the Car and Android respectively) to dominate as the connected vehicle platform of choice.

One source of stimulation for the development of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and in-vehicle communications technology is the deployment of international automatic emergency call systems such as the pan-European eCall system in the EU and the ERA-GLONASS system of the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Although the fundamental purpose of the ERA-GLONASS system is to reduce the death toll on Russian roads by reducing the time between an accident occurring and receiving medical care, the platform on which it is based has wide commercial prospects as well.

According to laws passed in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, by 2017, all new vehicles built on or imported to the territory of the the customs union will have to be equipped with ERA-GLONASS terminals.

Alexander Gurko was joined on the panel at the SPIEF by other major figures from the international transport industry including the CEO of Finnish Railways and the Director of the Institute of Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies.

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