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Soon, Yandex.Auto will appear on all the machines. What you need to know about it

In 2017, Yandex launched its own media system Auto. This is not some kind of add-on like CarPlay or Android Auto, but a complete media system.

In other words, you can install an analog from Yandex instead of the standard system. He has great potential, the idea was literally on the surface.

What is Yandex.Auto

Yandex.Avto is a full-fledged car media system containing all Yandex services. Unlike competitors, it does not require a smartphone .

Now the company installs equipment in karsheringi and mass cars. These automakers already offer pre-installed Yandex. Auto:

• Nissan
• Toyota
• Renault
• CHERY

It is planned to introduce the system into the cars of AvtoVAZ, Honda, Nissan, KIA, Land Rover, Jaguar, Geely and Hyundai.

Yandex intends to install “Auto” by the end of 2019 in about 10% of cars. Until the end of 2022 – at 35%. At the moment, over 55 thousand of supported machines have been sold.

 

Prototype of two-screen Yandex. Auto. The first display is needed for the driver, the second - for the passenger. The list of programs for the passenger may change
Prototype of two-screen Yandex. Auto. The first display is needed for the driver, the second – for the passenger. The list of programs for the passenger may change

Important : the company presented its own solution for installation in any purchased cars. “Smart hardware” with an internet connection for cars is now sold separately for 29,900 rubles.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Now Auto in all cars is an embedded solution (embeded), but projected technology is already supported ( we will present a car with projected Auto support next year ).[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Projected – this is when information on the car screen is displayed from the smartphone over the wire when connected. A la CarPlay.[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Advantages of embedded systems :[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]• Services are pre-installed in the car, a smartphone is not needed for their work. Yandex.Avto provides services from Navigator to Music and Weather in a single interface with voice control, designed specifically for car screens[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]• Closer connection with telematics (for example, with a GPS machine)[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Advantages of projected-systems :[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]• For an ordinary user, this will greatly simplify the connection of the car to the Internet and expand the range of cars with this capability.[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In addition, the solution with the design reduces the cost of an iron upgrade, you can make Connected (connected to the Internet) and inexpensive cars.[/perfectpullquote]

– Yandex representative Dmitry Gorchakov

How it works

 

With this system, users can access:

1 . Navigator.
2 . Weather.
3 . Music.
4 . Voice assistant.
5 . Browser.
6 . Radio.
7 . Phone.

As for the Navigator, everything is as clear as possible. Absolutely the same application that is installed on your smartphone.

With it, you can lay routes to any point. At the same time, the mini-map with the road is visible in any application. So the navigator is always active.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]By the way, Yandex confirmed that they are not currently working on the integration of the application into CarPlay. The main reason is that it is not possible to implement it as a “smart” assistant on the road with Alice built in.[/perfectpullquote]

In parallel, Yandex.Auto can track the weather. And even available map of precipitation , where you can track the movement of thunderstorm fronts.

The music application has the ability to play tracks from a smartphone via Bluetooth, listen to FM radio, as well as Yandex radio stations and daily personal selections.


Important : in the music section, two applications are Yandex.Music and separate for FM and Bluetooth.

To adjust the volume, simply swipe up / down along the left side of the screen. This is quite convenient, since in such machines there is no usual “washer” to adjust the sound.

Separately, I note Yandex.Browser, which is already pre-installed in the car. With it, you can fully surf the Internet and even watch videos on YouTube.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Online functions work either from an LTE modem connected to the head unit (sold in Yandex), or from cellular data from a smartphone.[/perfectpullquote]

I have to say: Yandex’s built-in voice assistant on Yandex.Avto is not Alice . But some other simpler digital assistant. True, Alice is already working in carsharing machines and in a separately sold on-board computer.

Everything seems cool and comfortable, but …

 

All the sensations from Yandex.Avto can spoil the braking of the system in Renault machines. There is not very strong iron, so the system works with lags.

Programs hang, the interface loads for a long time and everything in this spirit. Similar reviews of the owners can be found directly on the Yandex blog .

Starting / restarting Yandex. Auto takes up to 55 seconds. It is very long and can be justified only in the winter time of the day, when you started the car and clean it while it is warming up.

But in other cars on-board computer works smoothly. The efficiency of the system depends on what kind of hardware the automakers put on. For each machine, everything is selected individually.

 

A good example of how the navigator is superimposed on the dialer

The software is not yet brought to mind. For example, the sidebar of the Navigator is constantly open, and there may be a minimum of useful information in it: the name of the car and the current mileage. And when you restart the system, the mileage is reset.

A Navigator widget that works in all applications cannot be moved. Because of this, there is no normal way to dial the phone. It will turn out to call from the regular “dialers” of Yandex only on the condition that you roll up the mini-map. Otherwise, it will simply close the numbers on the dialer .

And the last subjective shortcoming. There is no USB port for the “radio” Yandex.Avto , everything works without wires. Again, this only applies to Renault.

Accordingly, to charge the smartphone you need to choose a complete set with USB , or buy an adapter from the cigarette lighter. Not the best solution, as for me.

findings

 

1 . Yandex was able to make a convenient multimedia system, which has all the most necessary services for Russia.

2 . On average, the cost of pre-installation from the Yandex.Auto factory will cost the buyer 50-70 thousand rubles. Separately on-board computer costs 29 900 rubles.

3 . The system is still damp and does not work very quickly. But this is more a question for automakers than for Yandex.

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