Volkswagen reportedly tried to buy Aurora, Pittsburgh’s self-driving car startup

Volkswagen apparently wants to be more than just friends with Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car company testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh.

The German auto giant has already partnered with Aurora to develop self-driving technology, but according to Bloomberg, VW made a pass at buying the startup.

Bloomberg reported that Aurora, founded by a trio of self-driving superstars from Google, Telsa and Uber, turned down the offer…

Aurora was founded more than a year ago by Anderson, the former head of Tesla’s Autopilot program; Chris Urmson, who helped start Google’s self-driving car program, and Drew Bagnell, who led autonomy and perception at Uber’s Advanced Technology Group in Pittsburgh. Urmson and Bagnell have ties to Carnegie Mellon University. The company has offices in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Palo Alto, California.