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May 5, 2022 11:30 AM, EDT

Aurora Innovation Focuses on Real-Time Data

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Autonomous driving technology company Aurora Innovation Inc. announced it is developing a system, Aurora Beacon, intended to allow customers to optimize autonomous vehicles for “24/7/365 operation.”

With Aurora Beacon, customers will have unique access to real-time data of each Aurora Driver-powered vehicle, including its health, status and current location. Aurora Beacon will also provide real-time alerts about vehicle status, ETA, traffic conditions, updates to missions, major weather events and more, the Pittsburgh-based company noted.

Another flagship module of Aurora Beacon is a remote support tool that allows remote support specialists to provide high-level guidance to Aurora Driver-powered vehicles when they encounter a situation where the autonomy solution is unclear, like bespoke interactions with law enforcement officials.

“Fleets today have developed a variety of different tools to manage their vehicles,” Sterling Anderson, chief product officer and co-founder at Aurora, said in a release. “We’re designing Aurora Beacon to integrate with these systems to provide unprecedented control and information, key for unlocking the full potential of the Aurora Driver.”

The Aurora Driver is a self-driving system designed to operate multiple vehicle types, from freight-hauling semi-trucks to ride-hailing passenger vehicles, and underpins Aurora Horizon and Aurora Connect, its driver-as-a-service products for trucking and ride-hailing. — Transport Topics

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