AI in public transport: Russian and foreign experience. Part 2 04.03.2019
AI in public transport: Russian and foreign experience. Part 2

Currently, artificial intelligence technologies are already automating various public transport processes. AI systems allow to grapple with traffic jams, regulate vehicle movements, and monitor bus motions. Let’s keep discovering how AI improves passenger traffic.

Artificial intelligence in air carriage

AI technologies in the air transportation sector helps passengers to choose flight directions and tickets. Due to artificial intelligence, people do not need to go to the airport in order to specify certain aspects. The AI system (e.g. a chatbot) can answer a lot of questions.

Foreign experience

Google uses artificial intelligence technologies in the Flights service designed for tracing and booking plane tickets. Special algorithms are able to predict flight delays before the airline company informs of them.

Russian experience

Russia-based S7 Airlinesis integrating AI technologies to assist passengers in choosing tickets. On the Facebook Messenger app, the chatbot tells customers about the flight status and available airline tickets. Besides, it can even select the city for travelling based on the key requests.

Aeroflot is going to apply AI to predict ticket prices and demand for regional routes. Thus, the airline will be able to avoid losses when entering new markets.

AI to monitorroad traffic

Today, passengers do not have to feel cold on the street, waiting for their bus ortrolley. They can use a mobile app or online service to find out when the required vehicle will arrive to the stop.

Foreign experience

The Trafi app shows public traffic motions in a real time mode and forms routes to destinations in Madrid, Riga, Tallinn,Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo,Jakarta, Istanbul, and other cities. The service can operate even without the Internet connection.

Russian experience

Citizens of Saratov, Balashov, and Engels have the Smart transport service. It is an interactive map showing public transport routes. This portal allows users to know when the bus will come to the certain stop.

At the same time, the Kurgan Region has started testing the Transport 45 service. Using this solution, passengers can choose a stop, plan a route, and learn the schedule of inter-city trips. Besides, the app allows to follow transport movement.

Similar services are also accessible in other Russian cities: Vorkuta, Nizhny Novgorod, Novy Urengoy, Krasnoyarsk, etc.

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Intelligent Transportation System

The Intelligent Transportation System is a smart system that helps to regulate traffic flows. It is aimed at advancing security on highways and improve population service standards.

Foreign experience

Munich launched a transport control system in 1991. Back then, it enhanced the performance of traffic signals and assessed the road load.

Intelligent transportation systems also operate in other major cities: London, Bristol, Brussels, Lyon, and Toulouse. They allow to regulate car traffic in tunnels, on belt roads, and at strategic sites. They help to monitor parking lots and select routes for bypassing RTA areas.

Russian experience

Moscow has been applying the transportation system since 2011. It unites signal lights, detectors, and surveillance cameras. Their data are sent to the Centre of the traffic organization. This information is used to make short-term and strategic forecasts and, consequently, control road situation.

Now, the Intelligent Transportation System functions in such a manner that traffic signal detectors and cameras allow to determine traffic congestion. Based on this information, artificial intelligence defines how long a green or red light should gleam.

One is placing electronic displays on urban highways. They show information about highway congestion, weather, and estimated travel time to a certain place (for instance, the Third Ring Road).

Operators provide comprehensive intelligent system operations. They track cameras, inform police of road accidents, and respond to drivers’ requests.

Due to the integration of the Intelligent Transportation System, the amount of RTAs has reduced almost by half in Moscow. According to the Government of Russia’s capital, the average speed of traffic movement in the city has grown by 12-13%.


Nowadays, AI systems easily cope with tasks previously performed by people. They regulate transport flows, prepare routes, and help air tourists to choose places for leisure. AI technologies can make flights as well as bus, tram, and trolley trips safer and extremely comfortable. In this case, people will prefer public transport rather than personal cars. So, we hope that there will be less traffic jams.

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