People across the world tomorrow are celebrating International Women’s Day, honoring the achievements and significance of all women. Locally in Russia and most other countries in which Yandex operates, the holiday, often referred to as March 8th, is celebrated as a public holiday. Throughout the week, members of the Yandex community have been celebrating their female colleagues with gifts and acknowledgements of their hard work.
When our self-driving car program began in 2017, our ultimate goal was to create true Level 5 autonomous vehicles; that is, cars that do not require driver intervention in any driving scenario. Now in its third year, our self-driving team is getting ever closer to realizing this vision. Since August, we successfully launched our public robotaxi service, expanded testing of the technology to Israel, and demoed one of our cars without a driver on public roads during CES 2019. As we continue on our journey to develop advanced self-driving cars, today we’re excited to announce our first automotive collaboration.
Education is something we feel passionate about, and as STEM skills become essential in today’s work environments, we are committed to providing avenues for people to improve their data science expertise. As one of Europe’s largest internet companies, we have a responsibility to help educate future generations in data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The Yandex School of Data Analysis (YSDA), a free master’s-level program in computer science, is at the centerpiece of these efforts.