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March 23, 2022 1:25 PM, EDT

Aurora Unveils Autonomous Automotive Test Fleet

Toyota Sienna with AuroraAurora

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Aurora Innovation Inc. announced it unveiled its test fleet of its autonomous custom-designed Toyota Sienna vehicles featuring Toyota’s vehicle control interface and Sienna Autono-MaaS (S-AM) platform.

Aurora is also applying autonomous technology in heavy-duty trucks.



The Toyota S-AM will serve as the backbone platform for the expected launch of Aurora Connect, its autonomous ride-hailing product.

At the same time, Aurora’s investment in a common core of technology allowed this automotive fleet to inherit all of the learnings and capabilities of Aurora’s next-generation heavy-duty trucks already using autonomous technology. The fleet of modified Toyota Sienna vehicles achieved parity with Aurora’s trucks within just six weeks of commencing on-road testing, Aurora reported.

Toyota Sienna with Aurora

The Toyota S-AM will serve as the backbone platform for the expected launch of Aurora Connect, its autonomous ride-hailing product. (Aurora)

Pittsburgh-based Aurora noted it is autonomously testing the fleet on highways and suburban streets in Texas, where the Aurora Driver regularly handles Texas U-turns, high-speed merges and lane changes, including those in response to vehicles on the shoulder. The Aurora Driver is also able to react to various forms of construction, stop-and-go traffic and inclement weather, and can detect pedestrians, motorcyclists, traffic lights and more.

Aurora, founded in 2017, went public in November 2021, and ended the year with $1.6 billion in cash, compared with $387 million a year earlier. — Transport Topics

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