Team: Dmitry Alferov, Elizaveta Dorrer, Christian Lavista, Arthur Röing Baer

SHIFT engages with stages of automation of the trucking industry in Russia, working with the socio-political, physical, and spatial particulars of logistics in the country’s vast territory. In order to address this, Shift re-thinks the role of the truckers union, and engages with it structurally to facilitate its transformation along with the introduction of network effects and consolidation of data collection.
Logistics, as the backdrop of our global economic system, is at the forefront of automation. The biggest ports in the world are almost fully automated, displacing worker intervention to a minimum. Now, this logic of port automation is being pushed inland to next logical step of the supply chain, trucks.
In Russia there are 1.7 million truck drivers and 70% of trucks are owned by companies made up of 1-3 trucks. This means today most truckers own and drive their own trucks. Through the newly formed union, the OPR, and collective bargaining the logistical landscape could see a pluralization of its economic structures achieved by morphing the role of unions in the age of automation to come.
In such a vast territory not only is there a network established through the union, but these new technologies require substantial amount of data that can only be trained by innumerable hours of driving covering the extensive road network. Giving the union, not only a unique position to take control over their technological development, but to also leverage their multitude of dispersed drivers to constantly scan and collect data, not only about logistical transactions, but also physical environments around the entirety of Russia.

Project SHIFT has been developed with production support from INRUSSIA.

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