MOSCOW (Reuters) – Yandex, a Russian equal to Google, stated it’s contemplating increasing its fleet of self-driving automobiles to as much as 1,000 inside the subsequent two years in an effort to pace up exams on the fledgling expertise.
An inside view reveals a self-driving automotive owned and examined by Yandex firm throughout a presentation in Moscow, Russia August 16, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Yandex hopes to begin testing greater than 100 of its self-driving automobiles on roads by the top of this 12 months. It already has a fleet of 90 automobiles, 35 of that are being examined on Moscow’s roads with a Yandex engineer current.
“We plan to additional enhance the fleet, by as a lot as even a thousand automobiles. We will produce the primary thousand automobiles pretty rapidly inside one and half and two years,” Dmitry Polishchuk, head of Yandex’s self-driving automotive division, instructed Reuters in an interview final week.
“That is wanted to test modifications rapidly within the algorithms we’re making,” he stated.
Analysis revealed by HSBC financial institution in January stated that Yandex’s autonomous driving software program put it on a par with world leaders within the expertise and that it was catching up with Google’s Waymo.
Yandex has not disclosed how a lot it has invested in self-driving expertise, however Polishchuk stated a single automotive price 6.5 million roubles ($98,000). He stated the worth had fallen from the 9.5 million it had price to construct the corporate’s first prototype.
“What’s extra the automotive has develop into extra technologically superior,” he stated.
Yandex started engaged on driverless expertise in 2016 and examined its first automobiles in 2017. The automobiles are at the moment being examined in Russia’s Skolkovo and Innopolis tech parks. The agency additionally obtained a licence to check driverless transport in Israel final 12 months.
Yandex, with over 30 places of work globally, has been listed on the NASDAQ since 2011. Its providers embody meals supply and a ride-sharing enterprise with Uber in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Kazakhstan, amongst different nations.
Polishchuk stated the corporate was wanting into the opportunity of finishing up exams in the USA the place he stated laws was essentially the most progressive.
Writing by Tom Balmforth; enhancing by Susan Fenton