The deal, subject to regulatory approval and closing conditions, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, the release stated.
The acquisition will help to accelerate Aurora’s vision for the self-driving vehicle space, the release stated. ATG is “committed to rigorous testing and [has] built a strong safety culture,” and the acquisition will help “strengthen and accelerate” applications for the first Aurora Driver heavy-duty trucks as Aurora also continues working on lighter-duty projects.
Aurora will also undergo a strategic partnership with Uber that will connect Aurora’s technology to Uber’s network. The release stated this will help boost Aurora’s capabilities in working with autonomous trucking and passenger mobility.
Uber will also invest $400 million in Aurora, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will be a part of Aurora’s board of administrators. Khosrowshahi mentioned within the launch that he believes within the potential of self-driving autos to enhance peoples’ lives each via security and environmental consideration.
Chris Urmson, co-founder and CEO of Aurora, mentioned the addition of Uber’s folks and know-how will assist in “shifting the panorama of the automated automobile area.”
“With the addition of ATG, Aurora can have an extremely sturdy crew and know-how, a transparent path to a number of markets, and the assets to ship,” he mentioned, based on the discharge, including the corporate will be capable to “ship the self-driving merchandise essential to make transportation and logistics safer, extra accessible, and cheaper.”
Uber was contemplating promoting the unit to Aurora final month. Aurora was based in 2017 by an ex-Google lead engineer and has most not too long ago been valued at $2.5 billion.
ATG has confronted issues in its run, as nicely, together with the dying of a pedestrian, Elaine Herzberg, in Tempe, Arizona, in 2018, with a lawsuit discovering that Uber, the state and the protection driver behind the wheel on the time all shared parts of the blame. There was additionally an incident through which ATG was concerned in a lawsuit with competitor Waymo over commerce secrets and techniques, and monetary troubles had been within the combine.