Independence doesn’t mean zero partners, it means many.
Fortunately and unsurprisingly, when it comes to exclusive deals or acquisitions, only a handful of vehicle manufacturers that predominantly specialize in building passenger vehicles have acquired an AV startup, leaving dozens of other large OEMs in a strong position to create vehicles and solutions that address the market need. In addition, the vast majority of network industries, like logistics and ride-sharing, have refrained from making exclusive arrangements with AV companies.
Many challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the industry as we address the self-driving opportunity. One thing we do know is that when this technology is here, a slew of OEMs and networks will want it as the benefits and opportunities around cost savings, safety and efficiencies are too massive to ignore. Our independence makes us a very attractive solution to the many delivery providers, trucking manufacturers, ridesharing networks and public transit authorities who haven’t and likely won’t ever partner with present or future competition.
At Aurora, we’re committed to building the Aurora Driver and creating partnerships that move us forward in our core mission. We’re focused on our technology, our ecosystem and building the right team of talent and experiences. This is a long game we’re playing but we’re running at a faster pace — and that’s entirely due to our independent ability to create the right company and approach to solve the problem.