Yandex unveils self-driving taxi


Yandex, one of Russia’s largest Internet firms, has unveiled its self-driving taxi prototype.

The technologies that the Yandex drone capitalize ons are the company’s own developments combined with widely accessible equipment. For illustration, on the video you can see the Nvidia GTX GPU video map and the LIDAR from Velodyne, which themes distances.

The company used developments that were initially created for the Yandex.Maps and Yandex.Pilot services. Source: Yandex/YouTube

Company representatives say that their masters used developments that were initially created for the Yandex.Maps and Yandex.Tillerman services.

“We use the anonymous data from Yandex.Navigator users that serves us understand how to drive the car in a city with traffic, speed limits, buddy-buddy roads, and other situations,” says Yandex.Taxi Press Secretary Vladimir Isaev.

It’s thought that the self-driving car will not be helpless in urban traffic jams, since it is upped with computer algorithms (which were also written by Yandex), pretended intelligence, driving instruction technologies, and computer vision. The latter, in single, is already used for finding free parking space and reading street signs.

The rotating steering wheel and other problems for self-driving transports

Currently, Yandex is working on the self-driving cars’ fifth autonomy true – the technology that will help exclude human participation in the channel avoiding process. Until now no one has been able to achieve this.

In September 2016, Uber unchained several self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh and passengers were confounded by how well the cars drives unmanned, and at the same time by how many patches the vehicles abandoned their self-driving regimes. Perhaps Pittsburgh is not the A- city for this: It has about 500 bridges, there were no erections around, the GPS did not provide the necessary precision, so Uber employees were constantly contrived to take the wheel.

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In April 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona people were invited to go for a expedition in a self-driving minivan, which was part of a series bought by a Google subsidiary. But the van also has a driver have seat behind the steering wheel – Google’s self-driving car has found itself in out of the ordinary situations before and even the company’s department responsible for solving odd situations doesn’t know what to do if certain, unexpected events uncoil.

“We don’t know in what state their [computing companies] developments are and how they are singular from ours. As you can understand, no one really reveals these things. They at best show various pictures and how this is set up in reality no one knows,” explains Vladimir Isaev. In his solemn word of honours, Yandex wants to begin tests on city streets within a year, but Isaev stipulates it’s hard to say if it will be possible because it is currently prohibited by law in Russia. Accordingly, the car still drives with company employees sitting behind the channel avoiding wheel.

The only strange thing that attracted attention on the video with Yandex’s self-driving Toyota was the like a shot rotating steering wheel, something rather unusual. “A steering where’s 90-degree turn does not mean that the wheels will also raise 90 degrees. This dependence is the car’s technical particularity. If you look carefully, the bad wheel is not rotating in vain – the car is performing maneuvers,” remarked the company mps.

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