FCA US teams with Aurora to collaborate on self-driving commercial vehicle platforms

1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 11, 2019

The North American division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, FCA US, is teaming with start-up Aurora to develop self-driving commercial vehicles.

Aurora has signed an agreement with FCA to lay the groundwork for a powerful partnership in self-driving commercial vehicles. This partnership will further expand the scope of the Aurora Driver, allowing the company to offer a variety of solutions to strategic customers in logistics, transit, and other use cases.

Aurora Driver is composed of technology that is able to sense and navigate the environment without human intervention. To date, the Aurora Driver has been integrated into six vehicle platforms – from sedans, SUVs, and minivans, to a large commercial vehicle and a class 8 truck.

“As part of FCA‘s autonomous vehicle strategy we will continue to work with strategic partners in this space to address the needs of consumers in a rapidly changing industry,” said Mike Manley, chief executive officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. “Aurora brings a unique skillset combined with advanced and purposeful technology that complements and enhances our philosophy on self-driving.”

Aurora says partnering with FCA enables it to continue to expand on its strengths, capabilities, and resources as it works to broadly deliver the benefits of self-driving through the transportation ecosystem.