The experimental car is limited to closed-circuit driving right now, but public tests are expected in 2018.
It’s not shocking that Yandex would rush into the autonomous vehicle game. Russia is more than a little eager to reduce its dependence on foreign technology, and that’s bound to include self-driving cars. The question is whether or not Yandex can move quickly after this. It doesn’t need to offer a full-fledged transportation service at the same time as rivals like Waymo, but it also doesn’t want to risk seeming perpetually behind. Still, this is good news — it shows that driverless cars are rapidly gathering support around the globe. Don’t be surprised if you’re hailing a robotic ride if you visit Moscow in the coming years.