Yandex enters the auto-driving field




Russian research firm Yandex, one of the largest Russian Internet companies and rival to Google, announced this week that it has launched a self-driving car project to put its business on custom-made vehicles on track for the future of mobility, meaning Russia’s entry into the field.

Russia and its companies have been lagging behind US, Asian and European technology companies and cars that have made great strides in auto-driving technology over the past two years. The Russian company is currently building a range of technologies for level 5 self-driving cars, .

The company has released a video showing one of those experimental cars and how they work. The test is scheduled to start on public roads next year, confirming Yandex joining other technology companies that make self-driving vehicles a reality such as the company responsible for this For Google Waymo, Uber and

Waymo has been offering other companies so far through its program to provide mini-van for the daily use of families in Phoenix, Arizona’s capital and largest city in the southwestern United States.

Asian Internet company Baidu has also started testing its car in China’s domestic market, while MIT-based Nutonomy started taxi-driver trials in Singapore in September and is partnering with parent company Peugeot Groupe for further testing.

Samsung Electronics last month received approval from the regulator in its home country, South Korea, for its self-control testing of auto-control technology with Hyundai. Tata Elxsi, based in India, is working on post-sale technology that can be installed on existing vehicles.

Navigant Research, a professional services specialist for April, says traditional car manufacturers are making a lot of progress on these tech-focused technology companies in the self-driving race, given factors such as technical know-how, market access strategy, production, marketing and distribution.

Yandex is unlikely to rank high in comparison to the leaders in this field, being a brand new in this field, but it is like Ober, Ford and General Motors, where the company is looking for the possibility of building technology that can provide the services of the cockpit.


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