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Russia's Google-Beating Search Giant Yandex Inks Deal With Hyundai to Build Self-Driving Cars

•, Ingrid Lunden

 Yandex, the Russian search giant that has been working on self-driving car technology, has inked a partnership with Hyundai to develop software and hardware for autonomous car systems.

While companies like Google, Apple and Baidu have been working on different aspects of connected cars with automotive companies — covering both infotainment integrations as well as some starts in self-driving technology — this is Yandex's  first partnership with a carmaker, and specifically, an OEM.

Yandex said its memorandum of understanding covers working with Hyundai Mobis, the car giant's OEM parts and service division, where the plan is "to create a self-driving platform that can be used by any car manufacturer or taxi fleet" that will cover both a prototype as well as parts for other car-makers. Mobis supplies Hyundai as well as its partly-owned Kia and fully-owned Genesis  subsidiaries, along with other automakers, so those are likely the first vehicles that will see the fruits of this deal.

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