Robotic Wars: Russia’s Yandex begins autonomous supply testing

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FILE PHOTO: The brand of Russian web group Yandex is pictured on the firm’s headquarter in Moscow, Russia October four, 2018. Information/Shamil Zhumatov/File Picture

MOSCOW (Information) – Russian web large Yandex has began testing autonomous supply robots, the newest addition to its technological arsenal, the corporate stated on Thursday.

Named after the house exploration machine, the Yandex.Rover is a cabin suitcase-sized robotic that may navigate pavements at strolling tempo, carrying small packages, utilizing tailored expertise from the agency’s self-driving automobiles unit.

Yandex, typically described as ‘Russia’s Google’, operates a variety of companies that would profit from autonomous supply, specifically its restaurant supply service Yandex.Eda, e-commerce arm Yandex.Market, a three way partnership with Russian lender Sberbank, and just lately launched service for grocery supply, Yandex.Lavka.

Testing for the Yandex.Rover is already underway at its Moscow headquarters, the place the machine strikes by itself however beneath human supervision, the corporate stated in a press release.

As soon as the expertise is perfected, Yandex will contemplate promoting robots to different firms, in addition to utilizing them in firm warehouses.

Yandex’s head of self-driving, Dmitry Polishchuk, stated that adapting current applied sciences helped within the quick growth of the Yandex.Rover, and is optimistic about their use going ahead.

“I consider robots like this may have quite a lot of purposes within the close to future, Polishchuk stated. “They may develop into indispensable for the ‘final mile’ stage of logistics.”

Yandex started testing its driverless automobiles in 2017. On the Skolkovo and Innopolis tech parks exterior Moscow, driverless taxis function in check zones.

On the finish of 2018, Yandex obtained a license to function in Israel and can start U.S-based testing from June 2020.

Reporting by Nadezhda Tsydenova, Writing by Alexander Marrow; Enhancing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise