Fiat Chrysler US To Partner With Aurora Innovation

Andrew Cummings
June 13, 2019

On Sunday, the 9th of June 2019, autonomous auto software start-up Aurora, headquartered in Palo Alto, had issued a statement saying that the California-based company would team up with the Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler in order to develop self-driving software platform for commercial vehicles, remaking a latest augmentation of an automaker with a fast-growing Silicon Valley startup.

Aurora's Driver is a self-driving platform that includes the hardware, software, and data services that will enable Level 4 autonomy, capable of navigating certain environments without human intervention.

FCA and Aurora have a deal to lay the groundwork for a partnership to use Aurora's self-driving system globally in Ram and Fiat vehicles used for deliveries and other duties.

A pioneer in the autonomous field, Aurora employs over 200 at offices in Pittsburgh, Palo Alto and San Francisco.

From an unannounced date, some of FCA's vans will be fitted with a set of technologies developed by Aurora, an American start-up founded just two years ago to create self-driving technologies.

Precisely what those vehicles will be isn't clear, but the dozens of automakers and research firms exploring autonomous technology see a number of possible options.

All three Detroit automakers have teamed up with startups in their pursuit of autonomous technology.

Fiat Chrysler is aligning with Aurora at a time when industry executives are acknowledging that it will probably take longer than previously believed to put autonomous vehicles on the road. "They're backing off from the aggressive plans they had been talking about". Aurora already has partnerships with Hyundai and Volkswagen.

Aurora said its Aurora Driver technology has been integrated into six vehicle platforms from sedans, SUVs, minivans to large commercial vehicles and trucks.

In February, Aurora said it had raised $530 million in new funding.

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