As part of a new partnership, electric vehicle developer Byton is collaborating with Aurora, a self-driving technology company, to incorporate Level 4 autonomous-driving vehicle capabilities into its vehicles.
In the next two years, Byton and Aurora plan to jointly conduct pilot deployment of Aurora’s Level 4 autonomous driving systems on Byton vehicles. Additionally, the two will explore the use of Aurora’s self-driving system in Byton’s series production vehicles.
“Byton is designed for the age of autonomous driving. We are pleased to partner with Aurora, as Aurora is supremely focused on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving vehicles safely, quickly, and globally,” said Dr Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and co-founder of Byton.
Dr Daniel Kirchert, president and co-founder at Byton, added, “I’m confident that Aurora will be instrumental in helping Byton achieve its objectives as an innovator of smart, premium electric cars with Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous driving.”
Chris Urmson, CEO at Aurora, commented, “We are excited to partner with Byton, an innovator in the electric vehicle industry, to further advance our goal of delivering self-driving vehicles quickly, broadly and safely. We look forward to piloting this technology in California.”
Earlier this year at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the EV developer launched the Byton concept and announced plans to design and build smart electric cars for the Chinese, US and European markets. Sales are set to begin in China in 2019; in the USA and Europe in 2020.