The autonomous car start-up Aurora Innovation stated Tuesday it has actually reached an agreement with Volvo to jointly develop autonomous semi trucks for The United States and Canada.
The partnership, which the two business say will span numerous years and is through Volvo’s Autonomous Solutions system, will focus on trucks developed to run autonomously on highways in between centers for Volvo consumers. The Aurora Chauffeur technology stack — — Aurora’s self-driving software application, computer system and sensor suite — — will be incorporated into Volvo trucks.
The statement comes fresh on the heels of the start-up’s current acquisition of Uber’s self-driving subsidiary and a separate deal with Toyota to develop self-driving minivans. Aurora now has partnerships with 2 of the three biggest trucking manufacturers — — Paccar and — Volvo — that produce and sell almost 50% of all Class 8 trucks in the nation.
“Our formerly revealed cooperations with partners such as Paccar will continue in parallel to the cooperation with Volvo,” an Aurora spokesperson informed TechCrunch. “As Paccar’s very first self-driving innovation partner, the special nature of our partnership enables us to construct Paccar’s first redundant truck that will be able to operate without a security motorist, bring it to market first and release it broadly.”
Aurora said its Frequency Modulated Constant Wave lidar– through its acquisitions of companies Blackmore and OURS Technology— will be essential to resolving autonomous long-range trucking. Lidar, or light detection and varying radar, is considered to be a needed element of self-driving systems. Aurora’s pitch is that unlike standard time-of-flight lidar, its technology provides the long-range exposure needed to be able to spot risks with enough time to stop or slow down.
The statement also marks a significant velocity for Volvo’s self-governing vehicle arm, Volvo Autonomous Solutions. It’s business system’s first offer to bring autonomous trucking to the road. Considering that its starting in 2017, Aurora has actually rapidly become one of the leaders in self-driving tech, bring in backing from Amazon, Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners.
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