The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation plans to create a federal state information system for navigation on roads (FGIS NAD). The department has held a tender for 48 million rubles (equivalent to $17.4 million) to carry out research work, the results of which will become the basis of a new system. The Federal State Unitary Enterprise (FSUE), which is subordinate to the Ministry of Transport, will perform the work.
According to the publication, the Ministry wants to combine the road IT services under its control into a unified framework, integrate them with constantly updated road maps and track the movement of vehicles using GLONASS. The system will be developed in 2021–2027.
FGIS NAD will help to eliminate data duplication, verify the registers of transport infrastructure facilities, stations of internal affairs bodies and customs posts, border points, etc.
Companies developing navigation maps and services will get free access to the system.
According to Pavel Adylin, CEO of Artezio, the vector for development of digital navigation in Russia is determined by the services of Google and Yandex, but more competitive conditions must be created for the intensive development of such systems. To offer their own navigation solutions, IT companies must invest a lot in obtaining high-quality cartographic information and real-time data on traffic, and the simplified access to the data through the FGIS NAD will stimulate the creation of new software solutions that do not depend on commercial companies, the expert explains.
In addition, the new FGIS can stimulate the development of the market of self-driving vehicles, which require ultra-precise navigation systems, says Oleg Skovorodnikov, CDO of PEC.