On June 11, Russian capital Moscow became the most challenging city to test driverless cars, due to harsh winter, driveway drivers, traffic jams and occasional crashes, Tencent Technology reported on June 11. Be praised as
Polish Chuck has taken a reporter along the busy street in Moscow to show him the progress of the company's driverless technology in the past 1 and a half years. His colleague, Alex (Alex), sat behind the steering wheel, but did not touch the steering wheel because the local law did not allow an unmanned vehicle to drive on a public road. In the past 24 hours, reporters witnessed at least three accidents on the crazy road in Moscow.
It was almost noon when driverless technology on Moscow's streets, with cars, cyclists, cyclists and pedestrians close to .Yandex, was installed on Toyota Prius, nicknamed Teddy TeddyCon. This car goes to Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Street, Russian writer Mikhail.
Yandex's remodeled car runs at 40 kilometers per hour, and there are three parks nearby. Children ride on mopeds and run across the road without a red light. On the computer screen, he shows how the driverless car perceives the environment. It uses different types of sensors, cameras and lidar data to classify vehicles, pedestrians or riders. Lidar can use laser to measure the distance between targets.
Polishchuk said that in lidar measurements, the car also uses a mileage meter, calculates how many cycles the wheel has rotated, and which direction. Yandex covers this information on a detailed map of the city. The map contains all the lanes and restrictions in Moscow, such as speed limits. He said:
Next, cars should understand the environment, detect other vehicles, pedestrians, traffic lights, road markings and road signs, and compare them with objects on preloaded maps. Polishchuk said:
In this block of Moscow, people have to get close to other vehicles. Sometimes, passing cars are less than 15 cm or 20 cm away from us. The Yandex engineer said:
Polishchuk is particularly proud of the maps developed by his team, which can be used no matter how the environment changes. He said:
A girl in front of the Yandex test car started crossing the road, but stopped with one step, even retreating. The car stopped and waited for her to make a decision. In Moscow, other drivers may drive straight ahead. Polishchuk said:
At the crossroads, drivers have to negotiate who will go first. 'it's a difficult scenario for driverless cars because it involves human interaction, 'the engineer said. Polishchuk explained:
Currently planning to test the local market, Yandex believes it can do better than international giants such as Waymo. Russian engineers believe they can create better maps and have a better understanding of local conditions. 'these advantages should give them,' says Polishchuk.
In the 20 minute drive, Yandex's driverless car made two mistakes in the city, forcing the driver Alex to intervene. On one occasion, it replaced the driveway and the second brake, though it seemed to be slowing down. However, he doesn't worry about it, and he thinks the figures do not have much to do with it, because auto companies do not usually report exactly what they do not meet.
Polish Chuck knows that he and hundreds of people from driverless projects still need to catch up with Waymo, but he is not too worried. He said they have made a lot of achievements in the past year. He dreamed that there will be Yandex driverless motorcade built in the future in Moscow, and this wish can be achieved with Uber joint venture Yandex.taxi. By then, passengers will no longer be afraid of driverless cars.
In order to build a 5 class driverless car, the Moscow company is always looking for talents, and education is an important part of its human resources strategy. Yandex has developed a master's program and curriculum with Russian Universities to provide real experience for developers. Many courses are conducted in the company's offices, but some courses can be learned online on Coursera.
Graduates can take part in different types of projects, including driverless cars and new Yandex.Station, a device similar to Amazon's smart speaker Echo. In May 29th, the company announced the news at the annual meeting of the Russian market. Yandex.Station, which sells for 9990 rubles (about $160), can play songs, accept the voice instructions of a toddler, and watch streaming video, movies, and TV programs using HDMI cable TV.
Yandex says, compared with competitors, the company plans to take a different approach, such as more attention to privacy. After closing, the Yandex.Station's mute button will cut off Mikhail, the chief technical officer of the power.Yandex of seven microphones.
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