Autonomous vehicle company Aurora, co-headquartered in Pittsburgh and Palo Alto, announced partnerships with both car manufacturer Toyota Motor North America Inc. and Japanese automotive supplier Denso Corp.
Through the deal, Toyota and Denso, which is partially owned by Toyota, will deliver Aurora Driver technology to ride-hailing networks. Aurora declined to disclose financial details of the deal.
The combined engineering teams will first develop and test the Aurora Driver in the Toyota Sienna. By the end of the year, Aurora reported expectations to begin testing an initial fleet of Toyota Siennas at its facilities in Pittsburgh, the Bay Area, Michigan and Texas, according to an Aurora spokesperson.
Aurora said the deal with Toyota will establish a foundation for mass production of the Aurora Driver equipped vehicles and launch on ride-hailing networks over the next few years, while the Denso partnership will also establish a foundation for the mass production of key autonomous driving components.