Russian internet giant Yandex is teaming up with South Korea automaker Hyundai to develop driverless car components.
The companies jointly announced today that they’ve inked a memorandum of understanding to architect the control systems for level 4 and level 5 cars, the categories of automation defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE International) as requiring limited to no human intervention.
Yandex and Hyundai Mobis — an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Group — will build “out-of-the-box” control systems for car manufacturers and taxi fleets alike.
Then, the sky’s the limit — the two companies say the partnership might expand into “other areas of cooperation,” such as speech, navigation, and mapping technologies.
“Our self-driving technologies are unique and have already proven their scalability,” said Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh in a statement.
“Yandex’s self-driving cars have been successfully driving on the streets of Moscow, Tel Aviv, and Las Vegas, which means that the fleet can be expanded to drive anywhere.