Throughout the past couple years, CES has been evolving to feature more car-focused announcements, instead of just mobile devices and accessories. For example, we saw Chrysler announce a futuristic all-electric self-driving minivan at last years show, alongside the introduction of the fully-electric Chevy Bolt a few years back. The trend is set to continue this year, with automobile manufacturing giants Hyundai and Volkswagen Group announcing a partnership with self-driving company Aurora Innovation, in which the manufactures will implement some of Aurora’s autonomous driving technology into their own respective vehicles. Hyundai is planning on implementing the technology into its latest fuel-cell vehicle, which will be debuting at CES this week. When looking at Volkswagen, they could be integrating the technology into several vehicles, including their self-driving Sedric pods, shuttles, delivery vans or even trucks.
When taking a look as to how Aurora Innovation was started, it was first founded by Chris Urmson, who lead Google’s self-driving protect before it got consolidated into Waymo, alongside Sterling Anderson of Tesla, and Drew Bagnell of Uber. One of the company’s main goals is to develop fully autonomous driving systems in hopes to lease their technology to interested automobile manufactures, such as Volkswagen Group and Hyundai.
According to The Verge, the Volkswagen Group has been working on implementing Aurora’s technology into its vehicles for the past six months, and they plan on testing a double-digit amount of self-driving cars by the end of this year. They are also planning on increasing said fleet up to triple digit numbers alongside piloting the vehicles in two to five cities by 2021. Likewise for Hyundai, which also plans on having self-driving vehicles on the market by 2021.
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