Yandex N.V. is a Russian multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. Most recently, the company Yandex announced that it is starting to develop its own unmanned vehicle control system. And last year another domestic giant, AvtoVAZ expressed the desire to equip its cars with an autopilot.
It is possible that in the future we will see the joint development of these two corporations, as recently Yandex and AVTOVAZ signed an agreement on cooperation, according to which Yandex Internet services will be built into future LADA cars.
The partnership agreement between AVTOVAZ President Nikolai Mor and the Director General of Yandex LLC Alexander Shulgin was concluded in Moscow within the framework of the Russian Automotive Forum 2017.
According to the information available, cooperation will include joint developments in the following areas:
- Telematic services (intended for data transfer)
- Plug-in Cars, or “Connected Car” (auto connected to the Network)
- Multimedia systems, including infotainment and navigation services and services.
Yandex plans to adapt its existing developments and is expected to accelerate the development of the AVTOVAZ telematics platform called LADA Connect, which was presented at the Moscow Motor Show last year (MIAS-2016). LADA Connect connects the car, user devices, infotainment, and navigation services into a single multimedia space.
In this case, the data is transmitted through crypto protected communication channels, which ensures the proper level of protection and confidentiality of information. To date, LADA Connect is represented only in premium segment cars. But it is expected that in the future the platform will also be available in mid-range and budget-class models.