A Russian tech company has joined the race to build self-driving cars for the U.S. sector.

Yandex, the Moscow trip-sharing company that has partnered with Uber
, said Thursday that it is testing a fleet of autonomous Hyundai Sonatas on the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The organization also has exam fleets in Moscow, Innopolis, Russia, Tel Aviv and has operated checks in Las Vegas.

Yandex had planned to introduce a trip company making use of its autonomous Sonatas in Detroit in June throughout the North American Intercontinental Automobile Demonstrate, but that event was canceled as a final result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A corporation spokesman reported Ann Arbor was an eye-catching different due to the fact it is a person of the several metropolitan areas that will allow autonomous vehicles to function without the need of a human in the driver’s seat. Michigan also enables the testing of automobiles with no steering wheels and pedals. At this time, the only other place the place Yandex can have travellers in driverless motor vehicles is the western Russian city of Innopolis.

“Ann Arbor, with its larger sizing and far more progressive regulatory ecosystem, will empower us to acquire this encounter a phase further more,” Dmitry Polishchuk, head of Yandex Self-Driving Cars and trucks, mentioned in a blog site put up.

Yandex claimed its fleets have coated more than 3 million miles. In addition to the Hyundai Sonata it has deployed in Ann Arbor, the company operates about 100 Toyota Priuses.

Yandex, which started as a search engine considerably like Google
, began producing autonomous motor vehicles in 2016, functioning with the chassis of a Toyota Prius V, then introducing a range of Lidar cylinders, sensors, cameras and radar.

The goal was to be able to create a vehicle by 2024 that can perform at human stage without having a steering wheel, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic very likely will delay that timetable. A movie accompanying information of Yandex’s Ann Arbor method showed a driverless car navigating the city’s streets for an hour, without having a human safety driver at the wheel.