Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hyundai, Kia invest in US self-driving firm Aurora Innovation

Hyundai, Kia invest in US self-driving firm Aurora Innovation

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Hyundai, Kia invest in US self-driving firm Aurora Innovation

Hyundai Motor and its sister company Kia Motors on Thursday said they are investing in US self-driving technology company Aurora Innovation to develop and further enhance the autonomous vehicle platform.

The investment is part of the automakers’ plan to become a game changer in the global autonomous driving ecosystem and to launch an autonomous vehicle at an early stage, Hyundai Motor Group said, without disclosing the size of the investment.

The two companies will strengthen cooperation in the field of AI, perception and control-based technology based on Aurora’s autonomous driving system Aurora Driver, it said.

According to Hyundai Motor Group, partnership between the automaker and the tech start-up began in January last year at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The two sides have since been co-developing autonomous driving technology by using Hyundai Motor’s fuel-cell powered electric vehicle Nexo.

“By partnering with the world’s top-class companies in the autonomous driving systems industry, Hyundai Motor Group will continue to develop a more innovative and safer self-driving car,” said Hyundai Motor Group president Chi Young-cho.

A pioneer in the autonomous field, Aurora Innovation was established in 2017 and employs over 200 at offices in Pittsburgh, Palo Alto and San Francisco. Aurora CEO Chris Urmson led a Google self-driving project until it spun off as Waymo, a ride-sharing start-up.

Aurora’s other co-founders are Sterling Anderson, former chief programme manager of Tesla’s Model X and director of the Autopilot programme, and Drew Bagnell, who was previously autonomy architect and perception lead at the Uber Advanced Technologies Group Center.

Hyundai Motor Group also said it would seek additional partnership with global companies in the autonomous field.

Hyundai Motor has been working with global firms, including Intel and Nvidia, for AI-based technology development, as well as taking part in the Apollo Project, Baidu’s open autonomous driving programme. THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MOST VIEWED

  • Reports: Rainsy barred from Jakarta flight

    Sam Rainsy was on Wednesday refused entry to a flight from Malaysia to Indonesia, media reported late on Wednesday. The “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party’s announced return to the Kingdom on Independence Day on Saturday failed to occur. Rainsy

  • Government studying EU’s preliminary report on EBA

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Wednesday said the government was studying the EU Commission’s preliminary report on the human rights situation in the Kingdom that could lead to a suspension of access to its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement. The

  • Phnom Penh International Airport wins award as passenger traffic soars

    The Phnom Penh International Airport has been awarded Best Asia Pacific Regional Airport 2019 for its sustained high growth in passenger traffic in recent years. The award was presented by the Capa Centre for Aviation (Capa) – a world-leading and trusted organisation that provides market intelligence to

  • Gov’t: Rainsy’s ‘coup plot’ a failure

    The government on Wednesday commended the Kingdom’s security forces for thwarting the attempted “coup plot” by former opposition leader Sam Rainsy through his announced return to Cambodia on November 9. The comments came as Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue

  • PM responds to Rainsy ticket claims

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday expressed frustration over claims by Sam Rainsy that he had altered Rainsy’s ticket with Thai Airways to prevent him boarding his November 7 flight to Thailand, from where he had claimed he would enter Cambodia. Hun Sen made the

  • Chinese tourists lead international visitors

    Chinese tourists again topped the list of foreign visitors to Cambodia during the first nine months of this year, with the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday reporting a 30 per cent increase on the same period last year. The Kingdom received 4.81 million international tourists in that