Starting in August, the company intends to remove human safety drivers from five of its autonomous vehicles operating in the Russian city of Innopolis and conduct completely driverless commercial operations – the company is ready for ongoing driverless operations.
Experiments with autonomous-driving systems began in 2016, and the company formally launched its program in 2017.
Currently, the company’s safety drivers sit in the right seat during commercial operations in both Innopolis and Skolkovo, Russia. Between those two locations, Yandex has provided about 4,000 rides through its self-driving systems. Teleoperation services will be enabled once drivers are removed.