Today, September 19, Yandex introduced its own platform for car multimedia systems. Yandex.Avto is a complex of voice-controlled services that are useful for drivers and have a single interface designed specifically for use while driving. Implementation of the project in practice starts already this fall. practice new The first cars with built-in Yandex.Auto will be available this fall.
Now almost all drivers are accustomed to relying on their smartphones or tablets on time: they plan a route, monitor traffic jams, track the weather “overboard”, listen to music, answer calls. Yandex decided that relying on all this only on a smartphone is not too convenient (who did not have to stop to properly navigate?) And far-sighted. Like, don't put all your eggs in one basket! Indeed, I forgot the phone or the cord from the charger at home, or just broke the device ... And that’s it. Got up.
Yandex decided to transfer most of the “duties” directly to the system of the car itself, in the side panel of which a large convenient multimedia screen has already been built. Agree, at the same time watching the road in a dense stream and peering into the small screen of the phone is not too convenient.
The new Yandex.Auto platform stands on its “three pillars”:
- voice control;
Yandex.Auto minimizes the risk associated with constantly switching attention to a mobile device, allowing you to do almost everything - choose a lane for maneuver, answer calls, choose a track and much more - almost without distraction from driving.
It is convenient that several services are now simultaneously displayed on the screen: in one part, you follow the prompts of Yandex.Navigator, in the other, you look at the Yandex.Weather forecast, and you also select the FM wave or radio in Yandex.Music! Even if you are not actively using the service at the moment, it continues to help, displaying important and relevant information on the screen (like: "Akhtung, there is an accident ahead!")
Thanks to Yandex.Auto, now you will stop talking unilaterally with your “swallow”. The system perfectly recognizes speech and understands commands. To start communication, you just need to say the “magic” words: “Listen, Yandex ...”. Yandex.Auto not only meekly executes commands, but also answers questions - for example, it can tell you how many hours it takes to Voronezh or Monte Carlo. The system will bring real benefits to taxi drivers. Probably, it will be possible to integrate their professional applications into it.
For voice control in the car meets the complex of speech technologies of Yandex SpeechKit. It is planned that there will be many options for voice acting (style, voice) - they will vary depending on the make or configuration of the car.
We offer the automotive industry a turnkey solution based on products that drivers know and love. Automakers will be able to provide people with all the necessary services where they are most convenient to use - on the screen of a multimedia system. Yandex.Auto can be adapted for each brand or even model: for example, change the set of built-in products or design in a corporate style. In addition, with the help of Yandex.Auto, automakers can keep in touch with the driver - say, remind about maintenance.
Andrey Vasilevsky , head of Yandex Automotive Solutions Laboratory
The system has projected and embedded solutions. If the former are installed as an application on a smartphone, the latter are initially “wired” into the machine’s system, which is already off the assembly line with Yandex.Auto. Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to “load” the service into the “brains” of any un-equipped car.
Of course, many are interested in whether Yandex.Auto can operate without an Internet connection, because in our country there are so many corners where the network simply does not finish. The service is still actively being finalized and brought to mind, but its creators thought about the solution to this problem initially. Yandex.Auto will not be cut down when it finds itself in a “dead zone”: the system will maximally compensate for the lack of a network with its own resources (downloaded maps, communication with the satellite, etc.).
Here, by the way, another question arises - where will the car get the Internet from? Representatives of Yandex say that the network can be distributed even from a smartphone. As a result of the press conference, the company thought about negotiating with providers and, in order not to generate SIM cards, create special tariffs where users themselves can calculate how much traffic to transfer to mobile, how much - to car or tablet. Suddenly the idea of "shoot"? And ... Yes, of course, Yandex hopes that the current version of Yandex.Auto will become the basis for the future unmanned control system.
Cars with Yandex.AutoThe first cars in which the Yandex.Auto platform will be built will be Toyota Camry Exclusive and Toyota Rav4 . They will go on sale in October. Yandex also signed memoranda of cooperation with Jaguar Land Rover, AVTOVAZ, Ford Sollers Holding and KAMAZ.
Yandex offers the automotive industry another solution: individual components of Yandex.Auto the driver can display a multimedia system by connecting the phone using a USB cable. This feature will be available in the new Range Rover Velar cars in October. (We were shown this solution using the example of the Jaguar.)