Aurora details plans for self-driving subscription services

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Aurora has revealed the first details of Aurora Horizon and Aurora Connect products.

When Aurora launches its trucking business in late 2023 and its ride-hailing business a year later, carriers, fleets, and ride-hailing networks will operate Aurora-powered trucks with products through a Driver-as-a-Service subscription.

Though developing self-driving technology is one of the most complex challenges of our time, Aurora states its product offering is designed to deliver seamless service to its customers. As Aurora continues to accelerate its progress toward delivering autonomous vehicles, introducing its product suite is an important step to commercialize the Aurora Driver.

Aurora Horizon: Built to move goods 24/7

Aurora Horizon will provide carriers and private fleets with a reliable and scalable driver supply powered by the Aurora Driver and a powerful suite of tools designed to integrate these vehicles with existing operations and maximize their uptime. To ensure carriers have confidence in the safety and reliability of Aurora Horizon at launch, Aurora says it is working with its OEM partners and carrier customers to refine its product through a series of commercial pilots as part of its Aurora Driver Development Program.

Aurora Connect: Built to go where people need to go

Aurora Connect is being built to enable vehicles equipped with the Aurora Driver to integrate with ride-hailing networks and transport people safely and comfortably where they need to go. Auroa says whether people need to get from the airport to a hotel, from their hotel to a business district, or from their home to an event, Aurora Connect will give riders a personalized experience. It will also be designed to provide ride-hailing networks with a predictable and reliable supply of Aurora-powered vehicles that can respond to fluctuating demand, the company notes.

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Aurora says with a subscription to Aurora Horizon or Aurora Connect, customers will have access to:

  • Aurora Driver: The hardware, software, and data services needed to safely operate an Aurora-powered car or truck without a safety driver.
  • Aurora Beacon: The mission control system that will integrate with a carrier or network’s system and app to communicate dispatching and routing, monitor vehicle health, and handle incident response.
  • Aurora Shield: The roadside assistance program and extended support to maximize uptime service and maintenance of the Aurora Driver.

Aurora says it is building its products to help its partners and customers grow and build their businesses. With its engineering team and the close collaboration of its industry-leading partners, Aurora will continue to mature the Aurora Driver alongside its product suite, the company adds.

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