According to the company, “Rovers” have already completed more than 4,000 orders.
Yandex plans to launch a pilot service in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the United States in the near future, writes VentureBeat. In addition, the company plans to enter the markets of Israel and South Korea to test autonomous delivery.
In “Yandex” told vc.ru what did these countries choose, since the company is already testing self-driving cars in the United States and Israel. The company has engineering teams in Ann Arbor and Tel Aviv.
In Korea, Yandex has been cooperating with Hyundai Mobis in the field of self-driving cars for several years. The first robots have already arrived in the United States, and will soon appear in Tel Aviv and Seoul. The exact timing of the launch in the company is not called.
According to the head of unmanned areas Dmitry Polishchuk, “Yandex” is now in “active negotiations” on partnership with companies in Russia and abroad. Managing director of the company Tigran Khudaverdyan said that in 2021, Yandex plans to conclude commercial contracts for the supply of robots to other companies, Finam wrote.
In addition, the company said that since April 2020, robot couriers have delivered more than 4 thousand orders. In total, Yandex has about 35 robots that deliver orders from the “Shop” and “Food” in four districts of Moscow and Innopolis.
In February 2021, the company reported 1,500 deliveries by robot couriers in Moscow and Innopolis and an improved robot design.
“Yandex” for the first time introduced unmanned robot couriers ” Yandex.Rover ” for the transport of small goods in November 2019. Since April 2020, they are used in Skolkovo for the delivery of documents and parcels.
In October, the company prepared robot couriers for the delivery of products from the “Shop” in Moscow. In December, “Food” launched delivery by robot couriers in the business district “White Square” in Moscow and Innopolis.