Moscow testbed for Yandex/Hyundai AV

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The fourth-generation of self-driving cars has been unveiled by Yandex and Hyundai Mobis – and it’s set to be trialled in Russia’s capital city, Moscow.

The new tech operates on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata platform and the prototypes will join an existing test fleet of more than 100 self-driving Toyota Priuses. By the end of 2020, more than 100 Sonatas will be in circulation, and the vehicles will be integrated into Yandex’s existing robo-taxi program in Innopolis, Russia, as well as its fleet in Michigan, USA.

In this latest update of their self-driving tech, Yandex engineers have added three additional cameras with a variety of focal lengths, while the radar system has been moved from the bumper to the roof. Other changes include moving the front fender lidars to provide a wider, overlapping field of view. Yandex says moving the front fender lidars helps them see pedestrians and vehicles in situations with limited side visibility.

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