Former executives from top companies to partner with Hyundai and VW

Published By : 06 Jan 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Three executives from Google, Tesla and Uber are partnering with Volkswagen and Hyundai to manufacture self-driving cars. This is being observed as an extensive alliance that can substantially affect the automobile industry.

More about the Aurora Company

Aurora is the name of the startup formed by executives who were once a part of one of the top companies in the world. This startup is slated to develop self-driving vehicles using the collaborative knowledge shared amongst the founders. This initiative with Volkswagen and Hyundai is said to add Aurora to the league of major competitors in the automobile market. The partnership with the two leading car manufacturing companies is expected to launch Aurora directly up to a top position in the segment of self-driving cars.

Aurora’s three founders are Chris Urmson, ex and longtime director of Google’s car project called Waymo, Sterling Anderson, former chief manager of Tesla’s Autopilot program, and Drew Bagnell who also was one of the founding members of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center.

Aurora has its office located in Pittsburgh, which also happens to be a prominent attraction for robotics research. As Drew Bagnell was an associate professor at the Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, he was familiar with research, and hence chose to be Aurora’s chief technical officer. On the other hand, Anderson was sued by Tesla in January 2017, due to contract breach by joining Aurora. After the lawsuit was dropped in April, he became Aurora’s chief product officer.

According to Volkswagen’s chief digital officer during an interview, he indicated that this partnership was of the most significant ones of the century and that he has full trust in the Aurora team. Aurora has over 70 people as employs across its two offices and is expected to increase its hiring rate in the future. With regards to the partnership with Hyundai and Volkswagen, Aurora is planning to work in outfitting traditional vehicles with software and systems that can help develop self-driving mechanisms in cars.

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