URBAN TRANSPORT International Show of Innovations opens in Moscow
URBAN TRANSPORT International Show of Innovations has opened at VDNKh exhibition complex in Moscow. It is a unique event in the world of public transport in Russia and CIS countries that annually brings together the trendsetters in urban and commercial transport development.
The first business day of the show started with the plenary session “Public Transport 2.0. More Than a Way to Travel” dedicated to the challenges, that a transport system faces at regional and national levels. The participants were Alexey Bakirey, Director of the Department of State Policy in the field of automobile and urban passenger transport of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Kosoy, President of the Center for Infrastructure Economy, Paul Priestman, Creative Director of CRRC Sifang and Founder & Director of Priestmangoode, Maria Stashenko, Founder & Partner of Design Thinking Laboratory “Wonderfull”, and Natalia Trunova, Head of “Spatial Development” Division in the fund “Center for Strategic Research”. During the session, Vladimir Kosoy noted the impact of transport on the urban environment development: “The urban environment, saturated with efficient, comfortable transport, will change the life of 25 million people living in the entire Moscow agglomeration”.
Following the plenary session, a combined presentation of projects and achievements of Moscow Transport Complex continued the URBAN TRANSPORT business agenda in a new TM Talks format. TM Talks presents Moscow transport projects in the TED format. The main feature of this presentation type is the speaker’s expertise and in-depth analysis of the topic in hand. TM Talk ended with the award ceremony for the winners of Transport Hackaton international developers’ contest. More than 50 programmers and designers from Russian cities and 20 foreign countries participated in the contest. For three days, November 18-20, they were developing initiatives and projects to improve the quality of passenger services in the metro and other modes of public transport in the Russian capital. The winner was “EZ Colors” team from Colombia, and the runner-up team was “Selling RED” from Russia (Plekhanov Russian University of Economics).
Representatives of the Department for Transport of the Moscow City Government and Moscow Metro took part in the official tour of the show. They got acquainted with the latest transport equipment samples, for example, the concept of Moscow 2G electric bus KAMAZ Drive Electro. The innovative electric bus provides a 17% decrease in the ownership cost for 7 years in comparison with the Euro-6 diesel engine bus. Its energy accumulator gets charged at the destination stop, this process takes only 6 to 20 minutes. PC Transport Systems LLC presented the modular cab of a tram car (100% ready-made module of the driver's cab or the rear platform of a tramcar) and a special diagnostic workshop. CARiOT company presented an innovative turnkey car-sharing solution. The social function of the service is to unclog the roads, improve the environmental conditions by prompting car owners to give up their private vehicles. The solution was developed on the basis of Skolkovo Innovation Center.
The business program of the show was continued by the session entitled “Public Transport Fleet. Renewal Methods,” whose participants discussed the way industrial design and digital technologies transformed vehicles, and when unmanned mass transport might appear in Russian cities.