Asia and the West are seeing a general increase in the popularity of the so-called "connected vehicle" segment. Connected models can be perceived as an intermediary stage between technology controlled exclusively by humans and robotic vehicles. Connected cars exchange data with other vehicles, networks, and services. Such objects are a part of the Internet of Things ecosystem while maintaining human control.
According to estimates provided by Statista, a German market research firm, the largest markets of connected vehicles are the U.S. ($8.2bn in 2017), China ($3bn), Germany ($2.6bn), and Japan ($1.7bn). The size of the South Korean market is gauged at $250mln.
Json & Partners analysts report that as at 2017 there are 330,000 driverless vehicles worldwide.
In order to monitor the development of this market, the US-based Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation and the Aspen Institute created an interactive map of cities which are currently testing or intend to test autonomous cars. As this material was prepared for publication, more than 70 cities worldwide were testing driverless technologies or announced upcoming tests. Another 30 municipalities stated that they were making arrangements for driverless transport checks.
In Russia, Yandex is implementing its autonomous project. The company is exploring the capabilities of its navigation system: in the end of 2017, Yandex tested a driverless car in the wintertime in the Greater Moscow area. At the moment, it is unclear when the technology is going to become a mass product. According to the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Zashchitainfotrans,"in seven years Russia may develop a unified system designed to monitor all driverless vehicles.
Denis Manturov, the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, believes that given the current state of affairs and significant risks, autonomous cars need to be tested before they are allowed on public roads.