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Russian Self-Driving Tech Firm Yandex Pauses U.S. Operations


Yandex, a Russian self-driving firm, has paused its U.S. operations as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues.

The corporate has been testing autonomous robotaxis in Ann Arbor, Michigan however has paused testing. It has additionally stopped making restaurant deliveries with its six-wheeled ‘Rover’ bots that function on sidewalks of assorted school campuses throughout the USA.

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Yandex has revealed that its supply bots will likely be transferred exterior the USA in places the place it’s already working or plans to start out working. The Rover bots have been first launched within the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo in April 2020 initially of the coronavirus pandemic earlier than the service was expanded to the Russian metropolis of Innopolis. The bots then touched down within the U.S. the place Yandex labored with a variety of supply providers, together with Grubhub on the Ohio State College and College of Arizona.

These supply bots are fitted with varied cameras and LiDAR sensors and may be remotely managed by way of a teleoperations middle in Moscow, Auto Information studies.

“Our AV check fleet in Ann Arbor is grounded for the time being, however we hope to renew operations sooner or later,” a Yandex spokesperson mentioned.

Grubhub confirmed that it’ll finish its partnership with Yandex and start working with campus companions on “alternate service choices.”

It stays to be seen if Yandex’s fleet of robotaxis positioned in Ann Arbor will stay within the nation or if they may comply with the lead of the Rover bots and go away the USA fully.