Hyundai Mobis has inked an MOU for joint development of an AI-based autonomous driving platform with Yandex.

Both will jointly develop an AI-based fully-autonomous vehicle platform and provide unmanned mobility services such as robotaxis. The two companies anticipate expanding the scope to include artificial intelligence technologies for voice and video recognition, as well as infotainment technologies.

It is the first time Hyundai Mobis has signed an MOU with a global IT company.

“Our self-driving technologies have already proven their scalability,” said Yandex CEO, Arkadyy Volozh. “Yandex’s self-driving cars have been successfully driving on the streets of Moscow, Tel Aviv and Las Vegas, which means the fleet can be expanded to drive anywhere.” 

“It took us just two years to go from the first basic tests to a full-fledged public robotaxi service.”

The driving platform will be configured by Hyundai Mobis by installing autonomous driving sensors and developing vehicle control software. Yandex will integrate their AI-based autonomous driving software in the platform and will perform extensive tests.

The co-developed platform will be deployed in the newest generation of Hyundai Sonata, which will serve as robotaxi.

The size of the fleet will be increased to up to 100 vehicles and the services will be available throughout Russia and other countries where Yandex is licenced to operate autonomous vehicles.