A Hyundai NEXO gasoline cell car with Aurora self-driving programs.


Hyundai Motor Group is investing in Aurora, a developer of self-driving expertise for autos, with a plan to deliver the programs to Hyundai and Kia fashions.

The businesses have been working for the previous yr to develop and combine the “Aurora Driver” into Hyundai’s NEXO gasoline cell autos in addition to on different tasks.

It is an extension of an present partnership and furthers the work that enormous auto producers are doing with builders of driverless expertise. Common Motors acquired Cruise in 2016, and Ford took a stake in Argo.ai the next yr. Aurora nonetheless goals to supply autonomous programs to many alternative gamers.

On Monday, Aurora introduced a partnership with Fiat Chrysler to develop self-driving autos for company purchasers, and it additionally works with Chinese language electrical car maker Byton.

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson


In a press assertion, Aurora’s co-founder and chief product officer Sterling Anderson — beforehand the director of Autopilot applications at Tesla — mentioned the corporate’s intention, with its companions, is to “deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly.” After reportedly failing to accumulate Aurora final summer time, Volkswagen concluded a partnership with the corporate on Tuesday.

Aurora employs lidar, or mild ranging and detection sensors, as a part of its autonomous programs. That is totally different than Tesla, which makes use of cameras and radar, primarily to energy its “full self-driving” and Autopilot options.

Led by CEO Chris Urmson, former technical lead of Google’s self-driving efforts, Aurora has raised no less than $700 million in whole funding. Different traders embrace Amazon, Greylock, Sequoia, Shell Power’s enterprise group and T. Rowe Value. The scale of Hyundai’s funding wasn’t disclosed.

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