Russia’s Google equivalent is building a self-driving shuttle
The #Google equivalent in every major market where Google doesn’t really play is making a self-driving car of some kind, and Russia is the latest to join the fray. #Yandex is the company in question, which operates Russia’s leading search engine, along with a host of other going concerns. Add to that list a driverless minibus, which the tech company is creating in partnership with Russian truck maker #Kamaz, #NAMI, a government-funded research organization focused on the automotive industry and Daimler, which is already running its own separate tests with self-driving multi-rider transportation. As reported by Fortune, the Yandex part of the puzzle will be contributions from its work in computer vision, AI and speech recognition tech, while NAMI will offer the testing and research facility and Kamaz will presumably lend its manufacturing prowess to actually building the micro-bus vehicles.