Yandex has announced a partnership with the South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai Mobis. The first result of the joint work was the creation of a prototype of a fully unmanned vehicle based on the 2020 new Hyundai Sonata model.
“We received the first Sonata model from Hyundai at the end of May and immediately set to work. Together with the Hyundai Mobis engineering team, we assembled an unmanned prototype in just a few weeks. The car is built on a modern platform, which allowed to build in the Sonata an autonomous control system developed by Yandex, ”a Yandex report says.
The goal of the collaboration is to create a universal software and hardware system for transport. The presented prototype was the first step on this path. In the future, the platform can be integrated into other Hyundai or Kia models, as well as into machines from other manufacturers. In addition, Yandex plans to offer this complex to taxi companies or car sharing services.
Now unmanned Sonata passes the last stages of testing at a closed landfill. After that, the car will leave on the roads of Moscow. Hyundai Sonata cars will replenish the autonomous park of Yandex, which includes 50 samples collected on the basis of the Toyota Prius. By the end of 2019, the company plans to increase the number of unmanned vehicles to at least a hundred.