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Aurora Unveils the Toyota Sienna, Powered by the Aurora Driver and Built for Ride-Hailing

September 20, 2021 GMT
This modified Toyota Sienna is Toyota’s first mass-produced “Sienna Autono-MaaS” (S-AM) prototype, which has a unique interface to work with third party autonomous driving systems. It’s also the self-driving passenger car Aurora plans to deploy on ride-hailing networks in late 2024. (Photo: Aurora)
This modified Toyota Sienna is Toyota’s first mass-produced “Sienna Autono-MaaS” (S-AM) prototype, which has a unique interface to work with third party autonomous driving systems. It’s also the self-driving passenger car Aurora plans to deploy on ride-hailing networks in late 2024. (Photo: Aurora)
This modified Toyota Sienna is Toyota’s first mass-produced “Sienna Autono-MaaS” (S-AM) prototype, which has a unique interface to work with third party autonomous driving systems. It’s also the self-driving passenger car Aurora plans to deploy on ride-hailing networks in late 2024. (Photo: Aurora)

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 20, 2021--

Today, Aurora shared the first look of the Toyota Sienna powered by the Aurora Driver, designed for a convenient and comfortable ride-hailing experience. This represents a significant milestone in Aurora’s path to commercializing Aurora-powered Toyota vehicles designed specifically for ride-hailing.

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This modified Toyota Sienna is Toyota’s first mass-produced “Sienna Autono-MaaS” (S-AM) prototype, which has a unique interface to work with third party autonomous driving systems. It’s also the self-driving passenger car Aurora plans to deploy on ride-hailing networks in late 2024. (Photo: Aurora)

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When Aurora announced its long-term, global, strategic collaboration with Toyota earlier this year, they set out to develop a self-driving car for autonomous ride-hailing. Built upon the progress made by Toyota and Uber ATG, and the integration process Aurora established in the Aurora Driver Development Program, they’ve moved faster than anticipated toward their goal. In collaboration with Toyota’s world-class engineering team, Aurora has defined the requirements that will enable the Toyota S-AM, a Hybrid Electric platform to be safely operated by the Aurora Driver.

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Aurora is now integrating its Driver with Toyota’s first S-AM vehicles, fresh off of Toyota’s production line. As progress is made with Toyota through the Aurora Driver Development Program, Aurora will expand testing of this prototype, refine it through pilots, validate it in accordance with its Safety Case Framework and Toyota’s own safety standards, and expect to launch it on ride-hailing networks at scale.

Toyota Group companies produce approximately 10 million vehicles a year globally, that are known for being well-designed, safe, reliable, and durable. They’re also deeply invested in the long-term vision of delivering “ mobility for all.” Aurora is combining the deep experience of Toyota’s engineering and research teams with its expertise in safely developing a robust autonomous system to conceive a comfortable, convenient, and safe ride experience.

Over the next six months, Aurora will test and mature this initial development fleet in Pittsburgh, Dallas, the Bay Area, and additional locations.

About Aurora

Founded in 2017 by experts in the self-driving industry, Aurora is on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. To move both people and goods, the company is building the Aurora Driver, a platform that brings together software, hardware and data services to autonomously operate passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks. Aurora is backed by Sequoia Capital, Baillie Gifford, funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, among others, and is partnered with industry leaders including Toyota, Uber, Volvo, and PACCAR. Aurora tests its vehicles in the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Dallas. The company has offices in those areas as well as in Bozeman, MT; Seattle, WA; Louisville, CO; and Wixom, MI. To learn more, visit www.aurora.tech.

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