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Google rival launches Europe’s first driverless taxi service in Russia

Google rival launches Europe’s first driverless taxi service in Russia

Europe’s first driverless taxi service has launched in Russia.

The fleet of autonomous taxis are operated by Yandex – a Russian search engine that boasts many of the same services as Google, including self-driving vehicles, e-commerce, and a voice-activated AI assistant.

Yandex has launched its trial project for the driverless fleet in the new town of Innopolis, which is being developed as a ‘high tech city’ in the Republic of Tatarstan.

The taxi service ferries passengers between five designated taxi ranks, including stops at the town’s university, sports stadium and popular local apartment blocks.

The service will free-of-charge to passengers during the trial and Yandex will have an engineer inside the cab at all times to ensure safety should the system fail.

Car companies around the world are hard at work developing their own autonomous driverless cars, however, this is the first time the self-driving vehicles have been available to try for anyone in the area and travel on public roads in Europe.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6113377/Europes-driverless-taxi-service-launched-Russia.html

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