Russia’s Yandex has created what may be the most aggressive AV tech

Yandex, a giant Russian search-engine firm that also runs a taxi booking service in more than 100 cities, started working on autonomous technology in 2016 and formally started a self-driving development program in January 2017.

They often draw comparisons to Google and Baidu, other search-engine giants in their respective countries that have launched autonomous-driving projects. But the comparisons to Google and its Waymo autonomous subsidiary are promptly rejected by the Russians.

“People say Yandex is the Google of Russia,” says Pavel Vorobev, head of product at Yandex. “But it’s a little offensive. It’s more like we are the Silicon Valley of Russia.”