Paccar secures the autonomous truck tech companion Aurora

The Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt 579 use the Aurora Driver platform

Promotional image from the partnership announcement

The US truck manufacturer Paccar has reached a strategic global agreement with the self-driving technology company Aurora to develop, test and market autonomous Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

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

After the end of the strategic partnership, Paccar will provide autonomous vehicles with “industry-leading quality, durability and reliability based on decades of technical excellence and investment in manufacturing” as well as spare parts, finance and other transportation solutions for the aftermarket.

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

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

“Paccar is excited to partner with Aurora for its industry-leading autonomous driving technology and impressive team,” said Preston Feight, CEO of Paccar.

“This strategic partnership complements Paccar’s world-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 the procurement of components and vehicle technology to the integration of Peterbilt and Kenworth vehicles into the Aurora driver.

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

“Aurora is excited to take this next step in our collaboration with Paccar,” said Chris Urmson, Aurora Co-Founder and CEO.

“Together we were impressed by the product development, manufacturing capabilities and commitment of Paccar to improve the operational safety and efficiency of its customers.

“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 that it would take over Uber’s self-driving unit, Advanced Technologies Group.

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Autonomous Peterbilt 579 test vehicle with Aurora driver

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