Aurora Driver Beta 5.0 Released

Aurora truck
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Aurora Innovation Inc. has released Aurora Driver Beta 5.0, the latest version of its integrated hardware and autonomy system, to its autonomous trucking fleet in Texas.

These new capabilities, according to the Pittsburgh-based company, include:

  • Detecting and appropriately responding to emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire engines and law enforcement vehicles.
  • Safely re-entering traffic after resolving a system problem that prompted the Aurora Driver to pull over to the shoulder.
  • Navigating lanes with temporary barriers, a typical scenario in construction zones.

The Aurora Driver is the autonomy system that underpins Aurora Horizon, Aurora’s subscription-based autonomous trucking service

This is the company’s second-to-last beta release before it reaches its Feature Complete milestone at the end of the first quarter, Aurora noted. Feature Complete will mean the Aurora Driver will have all the capabilities it technically requires to be a safe and reliable driverless truck.

In 2023, it intends to validate its system leading to driverless commercial operation at the end of 2024.

Aurora is testing its system with weekly hauls of freight for leading motor carriers. — Transport Topics

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