Volkswagen and Hyundai partner with Aurora to develop self driving tech

By : |January 8, 2018 0

Three ex-employees from Google, Tesla, and Uber, who came together to form a startup Aurora Innovation, have now teamed up with Volkswagen and Hyundai to develop self-driving car technology.

Aurora Innovation is the brainchild of Chris Urmson, who was the former director of Google’s car project, now called Waymo; Sterling Anderson, who was the former head of Tesla’s Autopilot programme, and Drew Bagnell, who was an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and a founding member of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center.

Johann Jungwirth, Volkswagen’s chief digital officer said, “This is a partnership of the century. I have full trust in the Aurora team.” For the partnerships with Hyundai and Volkswagen, Aurora will work with them to outfit traditional vehicles with self-driving software and systems.

Under the partnership, Volkswagen and Aurora will develop cars for Moia-the German carmaker’s ride-hailing network, Johann Jungwirth told Bloomberg. He added that Aurora has begun testing its self-driving systems with the Audi Q7 model.

For Hyundai, Aurora Innovation will develop a self-driving electric vehicle that runs on fuel cells, Woongjun Jang, director of Hyundai’s Advanced Driver Assistance System Development Group, told Bloomberg.

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