|Privately held company|
|Founded||26 October 2011|
|Tigran Khudaverdyan (Head of Yandex.Taxi)|
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.
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. Yandex has revealed details of its acquisition of programmes Ros.Taxi and RosInfoTech as the company strengthens its domestic products. In 2014, Yandex was rumored to be buying a minority stake in BiTaksi of Turkey.
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. On September 21, 2017, it was demonstrated for President Vladimir Putin. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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