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Fiat-Chrysler, Aurora lay groundwork for partnership on self-driving vehicles

The proposed partnership would integrate the Aurora Driver into FCA commercial vehicle lines


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PHOTO: Michael Manley at Geneva Motor Show 2019

Auburn Hills, Mich. – FCA U.S. and Aurora announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding laying the groundwork for a partnership to develop and deploy self-driving commercial vehicles.

The Aurora Driver is Aurora’s self-driving platform that comprises the hardware, software, and data services that guide vehicles powered by it safely through the world. Delivering level 4 autonomy, Aurora Driver is composed of technology that is able to sense and navigate the environment without human intervention.

Through this proposed partnership, FCA and Aurora would integrate the Aurora Driver into FCA commercial vehicle lines. The Aurora Driver is Aurora’s self-driving platform that is able to sense and navigate the environment without human intervention.

“As part of FCA’s autonomous vehicle strategy, we will continue to work with strategic partners to address the needs of customers in a rapidly changing industry,” said Mike Manley, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. “Aurora brings a unique skillset combined with advanced and purposeful technology that complements and enhances our approach to self-driving.”

FCA brings deep expertise in the design, development and manufacturing of a wide range of commercial vehicles, as well as established relationships with a broad range of suppliers, dealers and commercial vehicle customers needed to deploy this technology.

“We are thrilled to forge a partnership with FCA U.S. to develop a meaningful business model for delivering the benefits of self-driving commercial vehicles,” said Sterling Anderson, Aurora co-founder and chief product officer.


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