Aurora Innovation, startups, Autonomous technology, which is headed by the former head of the automotive division of Google (the one without drivers), has received financing in the amount of half a billion dollars (500 000 000 $) from a large group of investors, including Amazon. This is a clear sign that the online trading giant is actively working in the world of self-driving transport.
At the end of last month, it became known that the startup of the self-driving trucks Embark transports Amazon cargo at the test sites. A week earlier, Amazon announced that it had developed a small Autonomous delivery robot called Scout.
“We believe that successful road autonomy will create safer roads and improve working conditions for long-distance drivers.”
Amazon is working on self-driving cars?
Amazon is active in various areas of the automotive industry. She released a dashboard with Alexa and integrated a voice assistant into several cars. Last year, the company also announced a delivery service to the trunk of the car.
Amazon’s autonomy ambitions are not new: the company has been working on drones for many years and is rumored to be developing a home robot. But investing in Aurora is the first public link between the company and Autonomous cars.
None of the companies reported how much of the $ 530 million invested by Amazon (Aurora attracted 620 million in total).
Aurora was founded in 2016 by Chris Urmson shortly after he left his post on Google’s automotive program. (He left a few months before this program was renamed Waymo.) Urmson hired Sterling Anderson, who led the Autopilot team at Tesla, and former head of Uber’s Autonomous division drew Bagnell.
Since then, the company has been quietly working on software for self-driving cars. Essentially, Aurora wants to create a nervous system for Autonomous transportation, and then collaborate with automakers by embedding their groundwork in their cars. In early 2018, Aurora announced that its first buyers will be Volkswagen and Hyundai, and a few months later added to the list of electric startup Byton.
While dozens of companies are working on self-driving car technologies, including most traditional automakers, Aurora can be proud of its team composition. This is their main advantage.