Yandex is planning to expand its fleet of self-driving cars to up to 1,000, according to some news reports. The company expects to reach this target within the next two years.
The Russian company has been working on its driverless technology since 2016 and some researches claim Yandex’s autonomous driving software to be at par with the likes of Waymo and other leaders in self driving technology.
Yandex has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on autonomous vehicles with and Hyundai Mobis with the plan to jointly develop control systems for Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous vehicles, combining Yandex’s self-driving technologies with Hyundai Mobis’ experience in the automotive industry.
Yandex has been testing self driving cars since 2017 and at present has a fleet of 90 cars, 35 of which being tested on Moscow’s roads. It also plans to start testing more than 100 of its self-driving cars on roads by the end of this year.
Yandex also has permission from the Israeli Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety to operate its self-driving car on public roads. Its car is officially approved to operate in autonomous mode with a safety engineer in the driver’s seat. The firm is also exploring possibilities to test these vehicles in the United States.
Source: Press Release