BYTON, an developer of premium electric vehicles (earlier post), announced a partnership with Aurora, a leading self-driving technology company. Aurora also recently entered partnerships with the Volkswagen Group (earlier post) and Hyundai (earlier post).
The partnership will help BYTON incorporate Level 4 (L4) autonomous-driving vehicle capabilities into BYTON vehicles.
In the next two years, BYTON and Aurora will jointly conduct pilot deployment of Aurora’s L4 autonomous driving systems on BYTON vehicles. Additionally, BYTON and Aurora will explore the use of Aurora’s self-driving system in BYTON’s series production vehicles. According to SAE International, L4 autonomous vehicles can drive independently in most environments, with the expectations that humans may need or choose to drive in some conditions.
At CES 2018 in Las Vegas in January, BYTON premiered its BYTON Concept and announced plans to design and build smart premium electric cars for the Chinese, US and European markets. Sales are set to begin in China in 2019, and sales in the United States and Europe to start in 2020.