Volvo Autonomous partners with Aurora to develop self-driving rigs for North American market

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Volvo Aurora Self Driving Truck
Working in partnership with California-based tech company Aurora, Volvo Autonomous Solutions plans to develop self-driving on-highway trucks for use in North America. (Courtesy: Volvo Autonomous Solutions)

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Volvo Autonomous Solutions has entered a strategic partnership with U.S.-based self-driving company Aurora to jointly develop on-highway autonomous trucks. The agreement signed between Volvo Autonomous Solutions and Aurora is a long-term partnership spanning several years. The initial focus is on hub-to-hub applications for customers in North America. Automation is aimed at creating tangible benefits for both customers and society in terms of productivity, safety, sustainability and energy efficiency.

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“Creating a viable autonomous on-highway offering requires close partnerships with both customers and tech partners to develop the needed capabilities,” said Nils Jaeger, president of Volvo Autonomous Solutions. “This exciting partnership brings our goal of transport as a service an important step closer and will accelerate our commercial offer for hub-to-hub applications in North America. Aurora is already a leading force in autonomous systems, and its integrated self-driving stack, software, hardware and data services platform combine to offer a clear path towards efficient and safe on-highway solutions in the medium term.”

This partnership will center on the integration of the Aurora Driver into Volvo’s on-highway trucks and the development of Transport as a Service solutions. These solutions build on Volvo’s products and track record in safety, and on Aurora’s expertise in the development of self-driving systems.

“Since the first project together in 2018, Aurora has developed a deep respect for Volvo, its engineering process, and its commitment to safety,” said Sterling Anderson, co-founder and chief product officer for Aurora. “With the groundwork now laid through the establishment of Volvo Autonomous Solutions and the creation of Aurora’s industry-leading sensor suite, we’re excited to join forces to develop self-driving solutions with Volvo’s impressive network of customers.”

Previously announced Volvo Group collaborations with partners such as Nvidia and others will continue parallel to Volvo’s newly announced collaboration with Aurora.

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