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Aurora Innovation, Inc. has unveiled its test fleet of its custom-designed Toyota Sienna autonomous vehicles featuring Toyota’s Vehicle Control Interface (VCI) and “Sienna Autono-MaaS” (S -AM). The Toyota S-AM will serve as the backbone platform for the planned launch of Aurora Connect, its autonomous transportation product.
Aurora worked with Toyota Motor North America’s engineering team to establish and refine requirements to prepare this vehicle model platform for integration into the Aurora Driver.
Aurora is autonomously testing the fleet on highways and suburban streets in Texas, where the Aurora driver routinely handles Texas U-turns, high-speed merges and lane changes, including those in response to oncoming vehicles. the shoulder.
The Aurora Driver is also able to react to various forms of construction, intermittent traffic, inclement weather, and can detect pedestrians, motorcyclists, traffic lights, etc.
Ted Ogawa, President and CEO of Toyota Motor North America, said, “We congratulate Aurora on reaching the milestone of integrating its Aurora Driver technology on our Toyota Autono-MaaS platform vehicle. The route represented what we expected to go to the airport in the future, and we look forward to seeing Aurora’s future deployment plans.
“Toyota’s engineering team is truly world class. Experiencing the outcome together this week has been special and a testament to our progress and mutual respect,” adds Sterling Anderson, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Aurora. “We have designed and delivered a purpose-built test fleet for a comfortable, convenient and safe ridesharing experience, and we look forward to sharing more information on our progress soon.”
Dawn is partnered with industry leaders in the transportation ecosystem, including Toyota, Volvo, PACCAR, Uber, Uber Freight, FedEx and US Xpress.
Aurora tests its vehicles in the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Texas and has offices in those areas as well as Bozeman, MT; Seattle, WA; Louisville, Colorado; and Detroit, MI.