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Russian Tech Firm Yandex to Test Self-Driving Taxis in Moscow This Year

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MOSCOW—Adventurous Muscovites may soon be able to travel around parts of Moscow in driverless taxis as Russian tech giant Yandex plans to start testing the autonomous vehicles in the city this year, the company said on Wednesday. Yandex, which operates a raft of services from online search to food delivery, has been testing self-driving technology for more than three years in Russia, Israel, and the United States. Robotaxis will be available through the company’s Yandex.Go application in one Moscow district for certain customers, Yandex said in a statement. “The launch in Yasenevo is the first stage of a large Yandex project to launch driverless taxis,” the company said. “Over time, there will be more cars, the number of locations you can go to and from will increase, and ever more people will be able to hail driverless taxis.” Russian legislation does not yet allow driverless vehicles to travel without a …

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