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The holy trinity of robotaxi minivans: Aurora, Toyota, and Denso

Written by Kfir Kedem – February 10, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Aurora, the startup that recently acquired Uber Advanced Technology Group (Uber’s autonomous driving division) has just announced a partnership with Toyota and Denso. The trio are working together, with Aurora developing the self-driving hardware and software, Denso supplying the parts, and Toyota providing their cars as a base. The goal is to develop a fleet of robotaxis with the design and testing complete by the end of 2021.

The robotaxis will be based on the Toyota Sierra minivan, and the partnership has been confirmed to be an extension of Toyota’s long-term agreement with Uber Advanced Technology group before the acquisition. Other than fulfilling previous contracts, Aurora is still continuing to form new partnerships and have recently announced their new partnership with truck manufacturer, PACCAR, regarding the development of self-driving trucks.

Auto Trendy’s take:

With the many trends that we discuss on Auto Trendy, we have not yet highlighted a trend that is leading innovation but does not involve technology. This trend is collaboration. This partnership highlights how vital collaboration is for the innovation of the industry as well as separate brands. Looking at several of the previous Auto Trendy articles, it is clear that other than technological development, companies partnering up is becoming some of the most exciting news around development. Aurora, although a startup, has partnered with two of the biggest automotive companies and this partnership is sure to yield intriguing robotaxis. Hopefully once the testing is done, it won’t be long until they are available to the public.

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