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Aurora is partnering with Toyota on self-driving taxis

The three plan to have the first of these autonomous minivans on the road for testing by the end of 2021.

Aurora is partnering with Toyota on self-driving taxis
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Aurora, the autonomous-car company run by Chris Urmson, one of the early leaders of Waymo, announced Tuesday that it will be partnering with Toyota and Denso to roll out robo-taxis.


The link-up will see a three-way partnership, with Toyota providing Sienna minivans, Denso mass-producing specialized hardware for autonomous vehicles, and Aurora supplying the technical know-how to make these cars drive themselves. The three plan to have the first of these autonomous minivans on the road for testing by the end of 2021.

The long-term goal of the partnership is to provide these vehicles to ride-hailing networks like Uber's, which sold its own self-driving research division to Aurora in December, in the next few years.

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