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Unmanned cars "Yandex" first tested in the snow of the Moscow region

It looks like creating your own autopilot“Yandex” is in full swing. Recently, experts creating unmanned driving technology for a Russian search giant tested a taxi with an autopilot on a snowy road and in a snowstorm on one of the Moscow Region routes.

This test phase is very important forunmanned vehicles that will drive on Russian roads. In winter, the markings are often not visible, which is one of the main guidelines for the autopilot. In addition, it was important to find out how cars will behave on slippery roads. Falling snow also complicated the task, since it significantly hampered visibility, causing problems with the recognition of road signs.

Two cars Toyota Prius hung with sensorsconnected them to the system, modified the control system of the cars, but the tests are still at a very early stage. Experts have yet to study the behavior of the drones on snow and ice, to identify features and problems, and then all the time to finalize.

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"In winter, snow falls, and the roads are covered with ice,which creates difficulties not only for ordinary drivers, but also for unmanned vehicles. For example, for cameras on a car, the picture is white, which makes it difficult to determine the road, and it can be difficult or impossible to count the road marking made by snow. Additional difficulties arise when reading road signs, for example, in conditions of snowfall. In addition, on an ice-covered or snow-covered road, the car behaves differently, which also requires separate tuning of the algorithms defining its movement. In order for an unmanned vehicle to become a mass product, one must be able to cope with all these challenges, and we have begun work on this, ”writes the Yandex press service.

Journalists to self-driving cars yetthey are allowed, but the company's employees, who are lucky enough to test the technology, are silent, so nobody knows the details about the stuffing and autopilot features, not even Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, whom unmanned taxis showed earlier.