January 19, 2021

Aurora PACCAR 400x275PACCAR and Aurora have signed a global, strategic agreement to develop, test, and commercialize autonomous Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks, the companies said in a statement. The collaboration will integrate PACCAR’s autonomous vehicle platform with the Aurora Driver system to enhance the safety and operational efficiency of PACCAR’s customers.

With the partnership, PACCAR provides autonomous-enabled vehicles, as well as aftermarket parts distribution, finance, and other transportation solutions. Aurora will provide self-driving technology, including hardware, software, and operational services. The companies said they will both work closely together on all aspects of the collaboration, from component sourcing and vehicle technology to the integration of the Peterbilt and Kenworth vehicles. The partnership also includes vehicle validation at PACCAR’s Technical Center and production support in PACCAR factories. The Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt 579 trucks using the Aurora Driver are expected to be deployed in North America over the next several years, the companies said.

“PACCAR looks forward to partnering with Aurora because of their industry-leading autonomous driving technology and impressive team,” said Preston Feight, CEO of PACCAR. “This strategic partnership complements PACCAR’s best-in-class commercial vehicle quality, technology and innovation.”

“Aurora is excited to take this next step in our collaboration with PACCAR,” said Chris Urmson, the co-founder and CEO of Aurora. “Working together, we’ve been impressed with PACCAR’s product engineering, manufacturing capabilities, and commitment to enhancing its customers’ operational safety and efficiency. This partnership brings us one step closer to unlocking the autonomous freight market and delivering goods to those who need them.”

In addition to the design, manufacture and support of trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF brands, PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced powertrains, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its main business.