A new Silicon Valley start-up wants to make driverless vehicles accessible to the masses, and is teaming up with Volkswagen and Hyundai to do it.
“Our goal at Aurora is to provide the driver,” said Chris Urmson, the company’s CEO and the former technology chief of Google’s Waymo. “Our partners build vehicles. They understand their customers, and they understand the businesses they want to be in. And we are going to provide them the capabilities for their vehicles to drive around.”
“We think that by developing a driver with a variety of other companies, we can actually make it better and safer, quicker.”
Aurora plans to develop fleets of self-driving electric taxis to roll out across major cities. Urmson told Cheddar that the company will be working with city governments to ensure a reliable system.
Founded about a year ago by Urmson, robotics expert Drew Bagnell, and Tesla alum Sterling Adelson, Aurora also announced a partnership this week with Nvidia to use the chip maker’s products in its autonomous systems.
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