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VW, Hyundai Team Up With Former Google Autonomous Chief

Aurora and partners aim to bring self-driving tech to market “quickly, safely and broadly.”

by on Jan.04, 2018

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

Volkswagen and Hyundai have formed a new partnership with Aurora, an autonomous vehicle start-up founded by former Google self-driving vehicle chief Chris Urmson, with a goal of getting the technology to market “quickly, safely and broadly.”

The announcement serves as something of a redemption for Urmson who left Google in 2016 without a formal plan. 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.

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“Our priority at Aurora is to make self-driving cars a reality quickly, broadly and safely, and we know we will get there faster by partnering with innovative automakers like the Volkswagen Group,” said Urmson, a pioneer in self-driving technology who co-founded Aurora. “This partnership establishes a deep collaboration using Aurora’s self-driving technology, and together we will bring self-driving vehicles to market at scale.” (more…)

Congress to Probe Autonomous Vehicle Progress

Questions likely to focus on recent Google crash.

by on Mar.09, 2016

Google's autonomous vehicle director Chris Urmson will be among those testifying.

With the first semi-autonomous vehicles already rolling across the nation’s highways, Congress wants to learn where the technology is heading, and will hold hearings next week.

Among those set to testify is Chris Urmson, the second-in-command for Google’s self-driving car program. He will be joined by other industry officials from General Motors, auto supplier Delphi and Lyft, the nation’s second-largest ride-sharing service.

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The committee says it hopes to learn more about “advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and its anticipated benefits for Americans.”