Aurora to test on Texas roads

Self-driving vehicle company Aurora, which splits its headquarters between both Pittsburgh and Palo Alto, California, announced Monday that it expanded its operations to Texas, according to a blog post by the company.

Aurora will launch a small fleet of vehicles for testing on roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area within the next few weeks. The testing will focus on commercial trucking routes, and Aurora said the Aurora Driver technology will first be commercially deployed in trucking.

“Whether a vehicle is moving people or goods, an investment in foundational elements like world-class perception, localization, and motion planning can’t be sidestepped. Our early focus on the complexities of surface street driving accelerates our ability to handle the hardest aspects of trucking,” Communications Director Faryl Ury said in a prepared statement. “While this investment takes time on the front end, its payoff can’t be underestimated.”