Aurora is one of the most promising start-ups in the field of autonomous automobiles. Founded by former engineers at Google, Tesla and Uber, the company has partnered with Volkswagen and Hyundai to create an autonomous driving system. Its tests have already been successfully completed on some Audi brand vehicles and Aurora has opened several offices across the United States.
Aurora’s work seems particularly interesting for investors, as the start-up has raised $ 530 million in funding, valuing the company at more than $ 2.5 billion. And among these, we find Amazon: the giant e-commerce has brought a sum among the largest during this round, without knowing the exact amount of his investment.
Amazon wants to improve delivery with standalone systems
But do not wait for a future Amazon car in the long run. Jeff Bezos’ company is very interested in autonomous driving in order to modernize and improve its delivery processes. “ Self-driving can help make the work of our employees and partners safer and more productive, whether in a logistics center or on the road, ” said an Amazon spokesperson on the investment.
The online sales group is stepping up initiatives to improve package delivery and also reduce logistics costs. We recently saw Scout, an autonomous robot tested near Seattle, delivering packages to customers on their own. With a fleet of autonomous vehicles, Amazon could be a little more traditional carriers and control the entire customer experience, until the last kilometer.