China’s Startup Byton to Bat for L4 Self-Driving Car Efficiency via Aurora's tech


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China-based electric vehicle startup Byton will team up with a Silicon-Valley vehicle technology company Aurora to bring driverless car technology into their respective vehicles.

Byton announced that their partnership with Aurora will allow them to bring Level 4 autonomous vehicle capabilities into their own fleet. The partnership will also allow the two startups to hold a pilot deployment of the L4 autonomous driving system of Aurora on the vehicles of Byton. According to Aurora’s CEO Chris Urmson, the pilot deployment will happen in the next two years.

Urmson is known have led the self-driving project of Google before it became Waymo.

The L4 autonomous system means that the car will do the driving on its own in specific conditions. If it reaches Level 5 autonomy, it already means that the car is completely driverless in all environments and circumstances.

As published by the multinational business magazine Fortune, the two companies will be exploring on how to use the self-driving system of Aurora into the series of production cars by Byton. This is already the third partner that the Silicon-Valley company has made. The company has been working with Volkswagen for the past months, integrating their system into the electric shuttles of Volkswagen’s Moia.

Aurora has also joined forces with Hyundai. “Our mission is to deliver self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly,” said Urmson.