Volkswagen Group and Aurora Innovation announce strategic collaboration
The Volkswagen Group and Aurora Innovation announced a strategic collaboration to realize self-driving electric vehicles in cities as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) fleets.
Volkswagen Group Chief Digital Officer Johann Jungwirth, who is leading the strategic relationship within the group, stated, “Our vision is ‘Mobility for all, at the push of a button.’ This means that we want to offer mobility for all people around the world. Mobility also for children, elderly, sick, and visually impaired people, really for all. ‘At the push of a button’ stands for simplicity and the easiness of use. In the future, we anticipate that people will be able to use our mobility app or digital virtual assistant to hail a self-driving electric vehicle to drive them conveniently door-to-door, or use our Volkswagen OneButton which has GPS, connectivity, and a compass, as a small beautiful key fob with maximum convenience. Working with Aurora, a leading self-driving system company, will give us a giant leap forward in our mission to become the world’s leading provider of sustainable mobility, with self-driving vehicles. Our aim is to create new Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions which customers will be really passionate about because they have been tailored to the human with highest safety standards, best-in-class user experience, and digital intelligence. For me this is the reinvention of mobility and the automobile.”
Volkswagen says the collaboration with Aurora will provide valuable experience with the world-class engineering team to the ongoing development of software and hardware for driverless vehicles, and, additionally, mobility services for urban and rural areas.
Over the past six months, specialists from the Volkswagen Group and Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) at Stanford University have already been working with Aurora to integrate Aurora’s self-driving system including sensors, hardware, and software, such as machine learning and AI technology, in Volkswagen Group’s vehicle platforms.
Chris Urmson, CEO of Aurora, said, “Our priority at Aurora is to make self-driving cars a reality quickly, broadly, and safely, and we know we will get there faster by partnering with innovative automakers like the Volkswagen Group. This partnership establishes a deep collaboration using Aurora’s self-driving technology, and together we will bring self-driving vehicles to market at scale.”
Based in Palo Alto, CA, and Pittsburgh, Aurora designs and builds self-driving technology, partnering with automakers to integrate, pilot, and deploy advanced self-driving platforms into vehicles. The company was founded by Chief Executive Officer Chris Urmson, Chief Product Officer Sterling Anderson, and Chief Technical Officer Drew Bagnell.