Self-driving car company Aurora will be acquiring Uber Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG). In addition to acquiring ATG, Aurora is also announcing a strategic partnership with Uber that connects their technology to the ride-hailing platform.
While autonomous trucking is where Aurora will deliver a product first, the relationship with Uber makes Aurora a player in both autonomous trucking and passenger mobility. In support of Aurora’s partnership with Uber, Uber is investing $400 million in Aurora and Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Uber, is joining Aurora’s board of directors.
Aurora was founded in 2017 by a team of experts in self-driving. The company is building the Aurora Driver, a platform that brings together software, hardware and data services to operate passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks across a range of applications. Aurora is backed by Amazon and Sequoia, among others, and tests its vehicles in the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Dallas. The company has offices in those three cities and in Bozeman, Montana.