Yandex, Russia’s largest Internet company and search engine, earlier this year decided to diversify to focus also on driverless vehicles development.
To pursue this goal the company is working on sensor fusion, analyzing data from cams, lidars, radars, etc., and the development of solutions for road sign and traffic light recognition, including recognition of other vehicles on the road and pedestrians. Its specialists are also expected to excel in modeling and vehicle movement simulation, as well as in new solutions for vehicle control in maneuvering.
Yandex reportedly wants to make traffic safer, more accessible, and more comfortable, and seeks to join the world leaders in autonomous driving tech.
Last year Yandex leaked its initial plans to start work on artificial intelligence for the KamAZ trucks (Russia’s most advanced truck brand based in Tatarstan, in the mid-Volga area), with a specific focus on voice control for the truck’s multimedia system and its integration with mobile devices. Its current plans include the creation of very accurate maps and solutions for semiautonomous trucks, including computer vision, machine learning, and speech technology.