Updated Yandex.Rovers appeared on the streets

As a result of the update, the rovers received a more capacious compartment for ordering, and their battery life

increased to 10 hours without recharging.In addition, the user no longer needs to open the robot's lid: it now rises automatically when a button is pressed in the app. The updated version of Yandex.Rover can already be found on the streets.

Yandex.Rover uses the same algorithms as self-driving cars adapted for the new platform. In early February, the autonomous delivery program reached a new milestone: 4,000 deliveries since April 2020. During this time, robots delivered thousands of documents, food packages, orders from restaurants, and much more.

Robots move along sidewalks at a speed of 5-8 km / h. They are completely autonomous: they recognize surrounding objects, predict the behavior of pedestrians and cars, and plan their route.

Rovers started making regular deliveries at the endlast year. Based on the experience gained during the first months of active use in the service, which also fell on a snowy winter, the robot was improved. First of all, it has become more spacious - now even the largest pizza in a thermo bag can fit in it so that the order arrives at the customer while still hot. Power consumption has also been tweaked so that the updated Rovers can run up to 10 hours on a single charge, even on cold days. Also in the updated version, the cargo compartment cover opens and closes automatically.

Algorithms are constantly being improved, but separatelyit is worth highlighting the changes in the speed planner and also the increase in torque. This allowed the robots to climb more efficiently on snowy or icy sidewalks.

Also for the snowiest days was developeda special suspension adaptation system, when peculiar tracks are put on over the two rear pairs of wheels. Tracks by themselves cannot be a universal solution for a number of reasons, including lower travel speeds and faster wear. Therefore, they appeared in robots in the form of an improvement to the standard wheelbase, which can be used precisely on those days when there is a need for it.

During regular use in the service, Rovers encounter new traffic situations and scenarios. Therefore, in the future, other changes in the design may appear.

Now the delivery park of "Yandex" has about35 robots, most of which deliver to four Moscow districts and the city of Innopolis. Several more robots are being used to test and map new delivery locations, Polishchuk said.

Soon, Yandex plans to test the service in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which will become the company's first autonomous delivery location in the United States.

In addition to Ann Arbor, project manager DmitryPolishchuk, said Yandex is sending ATVs to Israel and South Korea to test autonomous delivery. In the future, robots will appear on e-commerce platforms for order fulfillment and delivery, or in their own warehouses and data centers for transporting goods. According to Polishchuk, Yandex is now actively negotiating partnerships with companies in Russia and abroad.

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