Amazon-backed Aurora, the self-driving car company, has announced that it is acquiring Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving unit, Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). Aurora says ATG will strengthen and accelerate the first ‘Aurora Driver’ autonomous applications for heavy-duty trucks while allowing the company to accelerate work on light-vehicle products.
In addition, Aurora also unveiled a strategic partnership with Uber that connects its technology to the global ride-hailing platform and strengthens its position to deliver the Aurora Driver broadly.
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.
Chris Urmson, co-founder and CEO of Aurora, says: “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.”
He adds: “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.”
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, states: “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.”
Founded in 2017 by the leading experts in self-driving, Aurora is building the Aurora Driver, a platform that brings together software, hardware and data services to operate passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks across a range of applications. Aurora is backed by Amazon and Sequoia, among others, and tests its vehicles in the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Dallas.