Yandex recently launched, in collaboration with Hyundai Mobis, the fourth generation of its self-driving cars.
According to a business blog article, the software runs on the Hyundai Sonata 2020 and is now part of Yandex ‘s fleet of over 100 self-driving Toyota Priuses. In Moscow already the vehicles are running.
Through the end of the year the organization expects to attach 100 more Sonatas to its fleet, combining the cars with its robotaxi system in Innopolis, Russia, and its Michigan fleet.
Self-Driving Cars operate in Moscow
The Hyundai Mobis team updated the electronic control units for the car to communicate with Yandex’s driverless control systems more effectively. Yandex engineers have been working to improve the sensor set, enabling cameras, radars and LiDARs to work together to better detect objects around the car and get a more reliable view of the car’s surroundings under different conditions.
The cameras were replaced with three systems of varying focal lengths, taking the number to nine. The radar system was moved to the roof from under the bumpers to allow more objects to be distinguished around the vehicle.
The Yandex team also moved the front fender of the vehicle LiDARs to a better location. To give them a wider field of view that overlapped. The LiDARs can now better identify vehicles and pedestrians in situations where lateral visibility has a limit. Such as when leaving a driveway to turn onto a busy street.
“We are excited about the great progress that we made in the first year of our collaboration with Hyundai Mobis”. Yandex Self-Driving head Dmitry Polishchuk said, according to the blog. “We assembled our first self-driving Hyundai Sonata prototype in just a month last summer. In one of the first projects to also come out of our work together. With the fourth generation of our self-driving car. We were able to integrate our technology more closely into the traditional automotive systems. Also enhance our platform by applying our lessons from more than 2 million autonomous miles completed. Further expansion of the fleet with our fourth generation vehicles. It would allow us to upgrade the technology even more quickly.”