Paccar secures autonomous truck tech partner Aurora

Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt 579 trucks to use Aurora Driver platform

Paccar secures autonomous truck tech partner Aurora
Promotional image from the partnership announcement


US truckmaker Paccar has reached a strategic global agreement with self-driving technology firm Aurora to develop, test and commercialise autonomous Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

This collaboration will integrate Paccar’s autonomous vehicle platform with the Aurora Driver platform for safety and operational efficiency gains.

From its end of the strategic partnership, Paccar provides autonomous-enabled vehicles with ‘industry-leading quality, durability and reliability resulting from decades of engineering excellence and manufacturing investments’, as well as aftermarket parts distribution, finance and other transportation solutions.

Aurora will provide the self-driving technology, including hardware, software and operational services.

Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt 579 trucks using Aurora Driver are expected to be deployed in North America in the next several years.

"Paccar looks forward to partnering with Aurora because of their industry-leading autonomous driving technology and impressive team," Paccar chief executive officer Preston Feight says.

"This strategic partnership complements Paccar’s best-in-class commercial vehicle quality, technology and innovation."

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Both partners are to work closely together on all aspects of the collaboration, from component sourcing and vehicle technology to the integration of the Peterbilt and Kenworth vehicles with the Aurora Driver.

The partnership also includes vehicle validation at the Paccar Technical Center and production support in Paccar factories.

"Aurora is excited to take this next step in our collaboration with Paccar," Aurora co-founder and chief executive officer Chris Urmson says.

"Working together, we’ve been impressed with Paccar’s product engineering, manufacturing capabilities, and commitment to enhancing its customers’ operational safety and efficiency.

"This partnership brings us one step closer to unlocking the autonomous freight market and delivering goods to those who need them."

Late last year, Aurora announced it was acquiring Uber’s self-driving unit, the Advanced Technologies Group.

Autonomous Peterbilt 579 Test Vehicle with Aurora Driver


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