Russia gearing up for more auto tech innovations

Accelerating into the world of automation, Russia is driving for a share of what’s being called the ‘robotaxi’ market.

Analysts think it could exceed $2 trillion by 2030. U.S. companies Uber and Google’s Waymo are the leaders in this sector. But Russia’s auto industry is also gearing up for a high-tech future.

“As we know, 94% of accidents happen due to human error,” said Artem Fokin, Head of Business Development for Driverless Vehicles at Yandex. “What we’re trying to do is remove the human from the driving equation. So basically, we’re building the perfect driver who will not get tired, who will not get distracted, who will not be in the wrong condition to drive and who obviously is focused on one thing only, that’s driving safely from one point to another.”

Yandex heads the field in Russia when it comes to driverless cars. The company hopes to bring the technology to its taxi service.