Hyundai, Aurora to commercialize level 4 self-driving system by 2021

Hyundai, Aurora to commercialize level 4 self-driving system by 2021

The VW Group has already previewed this scenario with its self-driving Sedric concept and MOIA ride-sharing service both announced in 2017.

General Motors Co in November previous year said that its self-driving vehicles would carry passengers and deliver goods in big cities by 2019.

VW hasn't identified these initial launch cities, but Jungwirth said some will be in the U.S. He famously said in 2015 that his goal is to ensure his eldest son, who was 11 at the time, would never need a driver's license.

Q: Other companies and many analysts have said the big money to be made in autonomous cars is providing transportation as a service, and that the vehicles and self-driving technology could become lower-profit commodities. Other technologies on display will be hydrogen-powered applications for the home, in honor of the fuel cell's powertrain. That'll be especially interesting to watch since conditions will be both snowy and hilly, both of which now pose some challenges for self-driving vehicles.

Aurora was co-founded by CEO Chris Urmson, the former chief technology officer for Alphabet's self-driving cars project; Chief Product Officer Sterling Anderson, who directed Tesla's Autopilot feature; and Chief Technical Officer Drew Bagnell, who helped to start both Carnegie Robotics and Uber's Advanced Technology Center.

W and Hyundai are teaming with former Google autonomous vehicle guru Chris Urmson to develop self-driving technologies.

The deals with VW and Hyundai are the first major announcements from Aurora.

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The company has offices in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Palo Alto, Calif. Anderson said Aurora wanted to have a presence in Pittsburgh to benefit from the enormous talent in the city.

Aurora provides the "full-stack solution" for self-driving vehicles. As a refresher, Level 4 autonomous vehicles defined can operate without human input under certain conditions. In Level 5 autonomy, a vehicle is driverless in any and all circumstances and environments. "This will be only a net positive for the world, and a net positive for Aurora and our partners". Ultimately, he decided he wanted to run his own show and formed Aurora Innovation in Pittsburgh, also home to Carnegie Mellon University, where Urmson was before joining Google, now Waymo.

"But it's quite different when it's, you know, 'our company;' we were able to set the mission independently and attract the talent", Urmson said. They are the best in the world.

More information on the partnership with Aurora from Hyundai's perspective is expected to be announced during CES.

"Later, the self-driving tech will find its way into VW vehicles, with the auto company planning to "[roll] out that self-driving system across the [VW] brands and various vehicles from trucks to shuttles".

The number of test vehicles will grow to "triple digits" in 2019, and "four digits" in 2020, before going into production in 2021, Jungwirth said.

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