We launched the Yandex.Auto in-vehicle infotainment system in 2017 with the goal of offering our users an easy and safe way to access their favorite Yandex services while on the move. Since then, Yandex.Auto infotainment system has been installed in over a hundred thousand new cars and has also been deployed in almost 10,000 cars in the Yandex.Drive car-sharing fleet.
Today, we are thrilled to announce that 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 safely interact with Yandex’s most popular 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.
"Over the next five years, more than two million Renault, Nissan and AvtoVAZ/LADA cars will include the Yandex.Auto infotainment platform," says Andrey Vasilevsky, Director of Automotive Business Development at Yandex. “As a factory-installed infotainment system, Yandex.Auto will offer buyers of these leading auto brands with a state-of-the-art connected car solution for the Russian market.”
“We are pleased to have Yandex as a strategic partner of Renault, Nissan and LADA in Russia. Millions of Russians use Yandex products and services and they would love to have them in their cars as well. That is why this is the first time we have chosen a local multimedia provider for a local market,” says Cyrille Druhen-Charnaux, Purchasing Director of Alliance Purchasing Organization RUS.
Select models of new cars from Toyota, Nissan, Renault, and Chery currently ship with Yandex.Auto as the standard infotainment system. The partnership announced today will bring Yandex.Auto 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.