Aurora is developing the Aurora Driver, a platform designed to bring together software, hardware and data services to operate passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks across a range of applications. The addition of ATG's team and technology, says the company, will accelerate its mission and the delivery of its first product safely, quickly, and broadly.
“By adding the people and technology of Uber's Advanced Technologies Group to the incredible group we've already assembled at Aurora, we're shifting the landscape of the automated vehicle space,” says Chris Urmson, co-founder and CEO of Aurora. “With the addition of ATG, Aurora will have an incredibly strong team and technology, a clear path to several markets, and the resources to deliver. Simply put, Aurora will be the company best positioned to deliver the self-driving products necessary to make transportation and logistics safer, more accessible, and less expensive.”
While the advances that ATG has made in software, hardware, product design, and more have flown under the radar, says the company, they have made tremendous headway on many fronts. They are committed to rigorous testing and have built a strong safety culture. ATG's technical prowess in both research and practical applications is expected to strengthen and accelerate the first Aurora Driver applications for heavy-duty trucks while allowing Aurora to continue and accelerate work on light-vehicle products.
In addition to acquiring ATG, the company is also announcing a strategic partnership with Uber that connects their technology to the world's leading ride-hailing platform and strengthens their position to deliver the Aurora Driver broadly. While autonomous trucking is where it will deliver a product first, says the company, the relationship with Uber puts it in the unique position to be a leading player in both autonomous trucking and passenger mobility.
In support of Aurora's partnership with Uber, Uber is investing $400 million in Aurora and Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Uber, is joining Aurora's board of directors.
Khosrowshahi adds, "Few technologies hold as much promise to improve people's lives with safe, accessible, and environmentally friendly transportation as self-driving vehicles. For the last five years, our phenomenal team at ATG has been at the forefront of this effort - and in joining forces with Aurora, they are now in pole position to deliver on that promise even faster. I'm looking forward to working with Chris, and to bringing the Aurora Driver to the Uber network in the years ahead."
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