Toyota Partners with Aurora and Denso to Develop Autonomous Taxi

Toyota has partnered with autonomous vehicle start-up Aurora and auto parts supplier Denso to develop a fleet of self-driving taxis.

The companies plan to develop and test autonomous vehicles equipped with Aurora’s self-driving hardware and software stack, starting with the Toyota Sienna Minivan.

Operating Officer at Toyota and President of Connected Company Keiji Yamamoto said, “Toyota is dedicated to creating and realizing mobility for all by focusing on technology that will move people safely and responsibly, a vision Aurora shares with us.”

“By combining our expertise and know-how in-vehicle control systems, mass-production, Connected Car technology, and our advanced safety support systems with Aurora’s industry-leading approach to self-driving technology, we aim to commercialise and deliver safe, high-quality and affordable autonomous ride-sharing vehicles and services.”

In a statement, Aurora announced the collaboration brings the companies together to “lay the groundwork for mass-production, launch and support of these vehicles with Toyota on ride-hailing networks, including Uber’s, over the next few years.”

“As part of this long-term effort, we’ll be exploring mass production of key autonomous driving components with Denso and a comprehensive services solution with Toyota for when these vehicles are deployed at scale, including financing, insurance, maintenance and more.”

Aurora expects to have designed, built and begun testing an initial fleet of these Siennas by the end of 2021.

Once the testing phase has been completed, the companies will commence mass production of the autonomous vehicles for a full-scale ride-hailing operation roll-out.

Sources: Aurora | Mobility for All: Launching the Aurora Driver on ride-hailing networks with Toyota and Denso

10 February 2021

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