Yandex looking to dramatically increase AV operations by 2021

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Russian search engine and AV developer Yandex is planning to increase its fleet from nearly 100 AVs to more than 1,000 within the next two years. That is according to an interview by news site Reuters with Dmitry Polishchuk, head of Yandex’s self-driving car division.

“We plan to further increase the fleet, by as much as even 1,000 cars,” he told Reuters. “We can produce the first 1,000 cars fairly quickly within one and a half or two years. This is needed to check changes quickly in the algorithms we are making.”

Yandex hopes to start testing more than 100 of its self-driving cars on roads by the end of 2019. It already has a fleet of 90 cars, 35 of which are being tested on Moscow’s roads with a Yandex engineer present.

Polishchuk also said the company was looking into the possibility of carrying out tests in the USA, where he said legislation was the most progressive.

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