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, even if it delays our work or makes less money.

  • Focus

    We’re solving one of the most challenging problems of our generation, and we’ll get there by fostering a culture of depth, focus, and rigorous engineering.

  • No jerks

    We solve hard technical problems through discussion and collaboration. We don’t waste time battling over personalities and egos.

  • Be reasonable

    We expect each other to use good judgment and always have the best interest of the company and our partners in mind.

  • Set outrageous goals

    We set ambitious goals that demand commitment and push us to do our best work.

  • Win together

    We are building a technology and a company that will serve people and communities around the world. Our team’s diverse perspective and experience make us stronger and better reflect the world we live in.

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.