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Yandex.Taxi Ltd
Native name
Яндекс.Такси
Privately held company
Industry
  • Internet
  • Transportation
Founded26 October 2011
Headquarters,
Russia
Area served
Key people
Tigran Khudaverdyan (Head of Yandex.Taxi)
ParentYandex
Websitehttps://taxi.yandex.com/
Yandex.Taxi in Novosibirsk
Yandex Taxi available countries

Yandex.Taxi (Russian: Яндекс.Такси), owned by Yandex (Russia's largest tech company, similar to Google), is Russia’s largest online taxi booking services in Moscow and other cities across Russia and some CIS countries. In 2018, Yandex.Taxi initiated the first self-driving taxi service in Europe.

Conventional Taxi[edit]

Yandex.Taxi is used by approximately 200 Russian taxi companies that operate approximately 20,000 cabs. The service processed 3.5 million orders during 2013.[1] Yandex has revealed details of its acquisition of programmes Ros.Taxi and RosInfoTech as the company strengthens its domestic products.[2] In 2014, Yandex was rumored to be buying a minority stake in BiTaksi of Turkey.[3]

Driverless Taxi[edit]

Yandex has developed its own autonomous driverless cars for use as taxis. The first model available to the public is a heavily modified Toyota Prius with three lidar units, six radar units, and six cameras and a GNSS sensor for navigation, with Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs using a Linux operating system.[4] On September 21, 2017, it was demonstrated for President Vladimir Putin.[5] On May 29, 2018, free demo rides were offered to the public at Yet Another Conference. Yandex reported that 700 passengers were given rides through the 10 hours of the demo.[6] In June of 2018, a long-distance test ride was accomplished for a distance of 780 km over about 11 hours, with the vehicle stated to have been operated autonomously for 99% of this trip.[7]

Taxi service was launched on a trial status in August 2018 in the university town of Innopolis in western Russia's Republic of Tatarstan. Service was free during this trial, and Yandex engineers remained in the cars as safety observers.[8] With success of the Innopoolis trial, Yandex initiated service at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in western Moscow in October of 2018. In November of 2018, it was reported that the company had given its 1000th self-driving passenger ride.[9]

The company plans to hold a demonstration of Yandex.Taxi at CES 2019 (January 8-11) in Las Vegas, USA, which will be the first time Yandex.Taxi will be used to give autonomous rides outside of Russia. License to do so was granted by the State of Nevada.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Political Unrest in Ukraine Presents Buying Opportunity for Russian Internet Company Yandex". NEWSMAX. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Yandex takes on Ros.Taxi". rusbase. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "Yandex rumored to buy minority stake in BiTaksi of Turkey". webrazzi. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Russia's Yandex Offers Driverless Rides And Passengers Say 'Da!' (Forbes, by David Silver, Nov 15, 2018, 11:19am)
  5. ^ Russia: Putin tests Yandex ‘driverless’ car in Moscow (Ruptly YouTube channel, published Sep 21, 2017, access date Dec 23, 2018)
    Video description includes: "Russian President Vladimir Putin got the first glimpse of a new driverless car technology on Thursday, at the Yandex headquarters in Moscow."
  6. ^ Yandex Self-Driving Car. First demo rides for passengers at Yet Another Conference 2018 (Yandex.Taxi YouTube channel, published on Jun 5, 2018)
  7. ^ Yandex Self-Driving Car. First Long-Distance Ride (Yandex.Taxi YouTube channel, published on Jun 22, 2018)
  8. ^ THE Russian equivalent of Google has launched Europe's first automated driverless taxi service. (Daily Star, Aug 30, 2018)
  9. ^ Russia's Yandex Offers Driverless Rides And Passengers Say 'Da!' (Forbes, by David Silver, Nov 15, 2018, 11:19am)
  10. ^ Yandex to Demo Self-Driving Car in Las Vegas at CES 2019 (PRWeb, Nov 28, 2018)

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