VTT-ITS Russia collaboration to develop ITS14/08/17Science & Technology
The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and ITS Russia have signed a partnership agreement to develop intelligent transport systems (ITS).
The objective of Project ‘CAVLANE’ is 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.
Erja Turunen from VTT, said: “The goal is to promote automated driving and therefore to prepare for the advent of robotic cars with varying degrees of autonomy. VTT has a long history of developing the reliability and safety of autonomous cars.”
The project involves testing ITS services for drivers before and after border crossings, such as queue cautions that aim to make traffic flow more smoothly at the Nuijamaa border crossing point and standardised EU vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) warning messages.
VTT is in charge of co-ordinating the national business consortium, which currently consists of Indagon, Nokia, Vediafi, Dynniq and Infotripla. Project Manager Lasse Nykänen, said: “We are looking for Finnish businesses in particular to join the partnership, but we also welcome ITS experts from other countries.”
The aim is to link CAVLANE to an ITS route sponsored by the Russian government, which would begin from the largest cities in Finland and run via Helsinki to Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and China.
“Building an ITS and logistics route from Finland via Russia to the Far East is extremely important both economically and in terms of transport, and we want to promote its implementation together with businesses and various stakeholders. At its best, the route can act as a platform for collaboration that benefits everyone involved in the global transport and logistics revolution,” says Senior Adviser Seppo Öörni from the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications.