In the strategic partnership, PACCAR provides autonomous-capable vehicles with the highest level of quality, durability and reliability resulting from decades of engineering excellence and manufacturing investments, as well as aftermarket parts distribution, finance and other transportation solutions. Aurora provides industry-leading self-driving technology, including hardware, software and operational services. Both partners will work closely on all aspects of the partnership, from component sourcing and vehicle technology to the integration of Peterbilt and Kenworth vehicles with Aurora Driver. The partnership also includes vehicle validation at the PACCAR Technical Center and production support at the PACCAR factories.
The purpose of this partnership is to increase transport efficiency and safety for PACCAR’s customers. Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt 579 trucks using the Aurora Driver are expected to launch in North America in the next few years.
“PACCAR looks forward to partnering with Aurora for its industry-leading autonomous driving technology and impressive team,” said Preston Feight, PACCAR CEO. “This strategic partnership complements PACCAR’s best-in-class commercial vehicle quality, technology and innovation.”
“Aurora is excited to take the next step in our partnership with PACCAR,” said Chris Urmson, Aurora co-founder and CEO. Working together, we were impressed by PACCAR’s product engineering, manufacturing capabilities, and commitment to improving the operational safety and efficiency of its customers. This partnership brings us one step closer to unlocking the autonomous freight market and delivering goods to those who need it. “
PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-end light, medium and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF names. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced powertrains, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its core business.