Volkswagen AGVLKAY announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Aurora Innovation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, United States.
The collaboration intends to introduce self-driving electric vehicles as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) fleets in cities.
Started in 2016, Aurora Innovation is a leading self-driving technology company offering software and hardware for development of autonomous cars.
Experts from both the companies have been functioning together for the last six months to incorporate Aurora?s sensors, hardware and software such as, machine learning and AI technology in Volkswagen?s vehicles to develop self-driving vehicles.
This recent development is in sync with Volkswagen?s Together ? Strategy 2025 under which, it aims to introduce highly automated self-driving systems in the market by 2021.
The company?s association with Aurora will provide a significant contribution to its mission of becoming a leading provider of sustainable mobility with self-driving vehicles. The company also aims to develop new MaaS solutions with high safety standards, top user experience and digital intelligence for its customers.
Last September, Volkswagen announced its plan to unveil a number of autonomous Level five electric cars, vans and trucks by 2021.
Volkswagen apart, Aurora Innovations has partnered South Korean automaker, Hyundai Motor Company HYMLF.
Under this partnership, the former will provide its self-driving technologies for the latter?s custom-developed models.