VW and Aurora are splitsville in selfdriving car development report says

first_img Post a comment Ford’s autonomous cars on the streets of Miami 0 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Join us for a ride in Ford’s prototype self-driving car More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 5:57 Volkswagen Ford Ford Volkswagen Tags 59 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Auto Tech Friendship ended with AURORA. Now FORD is my best friend.(It should be noted that the AV you see here is VW’s own creation, not born of any partnership.) Volkswagen Less than two years after it was first announced, it appears Volkswagen and autonomy startup Aurora are calling their partnership quits.Volkswagen and Aurora will not renew any partnership, the Financial Times reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to those sources, VW chose not to renew its contract with Aurora, having wrapped up the last project between the two companies earlier this month.”Volkswagen Group has been a wonderful partner to Aurora since the early days of development of the Aurora Driver,” said an Aurora spokesperson in an emailed statement today. “As the Driver matures and our platform grows in strength, we continue to work with a growing array of partners who complement our expertise and expand the reach of our product.” Volkswagen confirmed the report, as well, saying only that “[t]he activities under our partnership have been concluded.”A source told the Financial Times that it’s likely that VW will instead partner with Argo AI, a Ford subsidiary focused on AV development. It’s the most feasible route given the fledgling partnership between the two automakers, which was first announced at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. While the initial scope is limited to midsize trucks and commercial vans, it’s possible that Ford could eventually use the MEB electric platform that VW developed for its own electric cars. Rumors circulated over the winter that VW VW could invest as much as $1.6 billion in Argo AI.Aurora will be plenty fine, even without a partnership with one of the world’s largest automakers. Hyundai is, as far as we know, still working with Aurora on AV development, and earlier this week, Fiat Chrysler announced that it would be using the Aurora Driver platform to grant Level 4 autonomy to its future commercial vehicles. Share your voicelast_img


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