Russia’s Yandex has unveiled its fourth-generation self-driving cars, jointly developed with Hyundai Mobis. The latest generation platform operates on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, joining its existing fleet of over 100 self-driving Toyota Priuses.
The Hyundai Mobis team modified the vehicle’s electronic control units to interface more effectively with Yandex’s driverless control technology.
The initial set of fourth-generation self-driving Sonatas is now operating on the streets of Moscow. By the end of 2020, Yandex will add 100 more Sonatas to its fleet. The vehicles will be integrated into its robo-taxi program in Innopolis, Russia, as well as joining its fleet in Michigan.
Dmitry Polishchuk, Head of Yandex Self-Driving, says: “In one of the first projects to come from our work together, we assembled our first self-driving Hyundai Sonata prototype last summer in just a month. With the fourth-generation of our self-driving car, we were able to more closely integrate our technology into the traditional automotive systems and enhance our platform by applying our learnings from completing over 2 million autonomous miles. Further expanding the fleet with our fourth-generation vehicles will allow us to improve the technology even faster.”
Yandex, together with Hyundai Mobis, revealed a prototype of its first self-driving 2020 Hyundai Sonata in July, 2019.