On a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving—safely, quickly, and broadly

On a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving—safely, quickly, and broadly

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  • Embedded in our work and the foundation of our culture

Leading the Movement

Aurora was founded in 2017 by Chris Urmson, Sterling Anderson, and Drew Bagnell. Regarded as the most experienced leadership team in the industry, our three co-founders bring decades of expertise from the self-driving industry.  

We have a diverse and talented team with a multitude of backgrounds and perspectives, focused on creating a transformative business for the long-term and realizing our mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. 

Not our first rodeo

It's not just bold bets that change the world; it’s the combination of thoughtful people with deep experience and a strong plan. Our leaders have decades of experience pushing limits in engineering and robotics, building and shipping some of the world's most successful products, and collaborating with legislators and communities across the country.

Our Values guide our work and our culture

  • Operate with integrity

    We do the right thing. We are thoughtful and use good judgment. And, we always keep the best interest of our people and our mission at the forefront of how we work.

  • Focus for Impact

    We create space to solve problems that matter. We don’t have time for distractions, so we work with urgency and focus on the work that will accelerate our progress towards our mission and strengthen our company.

  • No jerks

    We work from the assumption that people are good, fair, and honest and that the intention behind their actions is positive. We are intentional in how we communicate and interact, and we hold each other accountable.

  • Celebrate our Diversity

    Inviting and including diverse perspectives and experiences make us stronger as a team, and help us better represent the world we live in. We are building a technology and a company to serve all people and all communities.

  • Rise to the Occasion

    We’re charting a path that is challenging yet filled with an incredible opportunity to impact generations to come. This is not an easy task, it takes resilience, hard work and dedication. Embracing the hard stuff energizes and inspires us to continue. We rally to deliver on our commitments to our partners and each other.

  • Win together

    We are a stronger team when we elevate our unique strengths in service of our common goals. We thrive on open and honest communication to create an environment of mutual accountability, understanding, achievement, and respect.

It’s not just what we build, it’s how we build it

We prioritize long-term success over quick wins, incorporate proven industry best practices, and leverage our decades of engineering, science, and domain experience to identify even better ways of doing things and ultimately deliver self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly.

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  • We’re one team, working together to deliver a product that will have real impact. We don’t have a separate research team because we want the best engineers to work side-by-side with the best domain specialists, and we strive to hire the amazingly talented people who can be both.

Life at Aurora

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  • We're taking a thoughtful approach to building our company to represent the diversity of the people our technology will serve. Our Employee Resource Groups celebrate the diverse people, perspectives, and experiences that make up Aurora.

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What inspires me about the Aurora team is the people here are not only exemplary scientists, engineers, operators, and entrepreneurs— but also superb human beings.

Jenny, Simulation Team

Join a team with values at its core

Our values are more than lip service. They define who we are, set the tone for how we function, and guide us through important decisions. At Aurora, we operate with integrity, set outrageous goals, and we’re building a culture where we win together—all without any jerks.