Russia's Yandex plans to remove human safety drivers from self-driving cars
Russian company Yandex is pressing down on autonomous driving cars.
Starting in August, the company intends to remove human safety drivers from five of its autonomous vehicles operating in the Russian city of Innopolis and conduct completely driverless commercial operations.
Deploying vehicles without safety drivers on public roads represents a major milestone.
Dmitriy Polishchuk, head of Yandex's self-driving development, says the company is ready for ongoing driverless operations. «We've done a lot of tests on this, and there are a few minor things we have to address and fix, and we'll address those before we launch. But overall, we've seen the cars running 24-7 with no accidents» he said.