The St. Petersburg-Moscow highway (M11, “Neva”) will be prepared for the implementation of unmanned freight traffic by 2024, Russian Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev said in an interview on the Russia 24 TV channel.
“Now all countries are moving in this direction in approximately the same way. We are considering the option of unmanned road transport, a quadrocopter, we are considering the possibility of river sea transport, even rail transport. But the country that will be able to implement this en masse will win. Therefore, we made a decision for ourselves that the St. Petersburg-Moscow highway for unmanned freight traffic will be ready by 2024, ”he said.
Saveliev described this project as “quite real” and expressed hope for its implementation. The minister specified that this requires a regulatory framework, as well as investments from businesses interested in this initiative.
Prior to that, on August 1, First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov spoke about the idea in the first quarter of 2024 to launch unmanned cargo transportation along the M11 highway. He clarified that in this case, the person will still be in the vehicle, however, he will connect to the control only in an emergency.