Russian Yandex has become the official supplier of in-car infotainment systems for Russia’s best-selling automotive brands – Renault, Nissan, and AvtoVAZ/LADA.
Drivers of Renault, Nissan, and AvtoVAZ/LADA cars will now be able to use Yandex’s intelligent voice assistant, Alice, to interact with Yandex’s services while on the road. Drivers can ask Alice for directions, search for points of interest, launch turn-by-turn navigation with real-time traffic data and stream their favorite music from the cloud.
Select models of new cars from Toyota, Nissan, Renault, and Chery currently ship with Yandex.Auto as the standard infotainment system. The partnership will bring Yandex.Auto in-vehicle infotainment to an even greater number of Nissan and Renault models, and now cars from AvtoVAZ/LADA as well. Owners of select models from carmakers such as Volkswagen, Skoda, and Hyundai can also replace the factory-standard infotainment system with an after-market Yandex.Auto solution. In addition to personal vehicles, the majority of cars in the Yandex.Drive car-sharing fleet are equipped with Yandex.Auto.
Meanwhile, Google is still working with automakers on deploying connected-car software that works without a smartphone.