Once the truck reaches its destination, the Aurora Driver will pull into the arrival zone at another Aurora terminal before disengaging from autonomy.
After: More inspections and delivery
Once the truck is parked and the autonomy system has been turned off, our terminal operators will perform post-trip inspections and decouple the trailer from the tractor. As with the pre-trip inspections, both the tractor and trailer will be rigorously examined for deficiencies that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle. Aurora operators will then submit a thorough report, offload the Aurora Driver’s data log of the trip, and begin refueling, cleaning, and any necessary repairs.
Finally, the customer will arrive at the terminal with a pickup authorization. The customer will inspect the Aurora-transported trailer and paperwork, and then take the load back through security to its final destination.
The dawn of a new era in transportation
This terminal-to-terminal model is the most efficient way for us to introduce our self-driving technology to our freight customers in the near term.
In the future, as we mature our technology, we plan to transition to an end-to-end driver-as-a-service model—where Aurora Driver-powered trucks move customer loads to and from warehouses, and ultimately from distribution centers to stores, improving the utilization of our customers’ fleets and the efficiency of their supply chains while also reducing their costs.
Keep an eye out for more progress updates as we continue to build out the foundation of a strong transportation operation to enable the commercial launch of Aurora Horizon.
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This post contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements contained in this post that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, those statements around the anticipated operations and offerings within our terminal-to-terminal services, the benefits of our offerings to customers, and the commercial launch of our trucking product, Aurora Horizon. These statements are based on management’s current assumptions and are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. For factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this post, please see the risks and uncertainties identified under the heading “Risk Factors” section of Aurora Innovation, Inc.’s (“Aurora”) Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, filed with the SEC on August 12, 2022, and other documents filed by Aurora from time to time with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements reflect our beliefs and assumptions only as of the date of this post. Aurora undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.