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A Startup's Road to a Self-Driving Future

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Many experts believe that self-driving software is the ultimate artificial intelligence challenge. Nearly every vehicle manufacturer (OEM), many Tier 1 OEM suppliers and several transportation network companies (TNCs) are investing to develop self-driving vehicle technology.

The importance of having self-driving capability is so vital that companies are exploring multiple approaches, including internal research, Tier 1 partnerships, consortiums, and investments in independent AV startups. Chris Urmson and Sterling Anderson started Aurora to be one of these external AV platform developers and they have already lined up several OEM customers.


Chris and Sterling will share their experience in starting a new company in this crowded sector - how Aurora is positioned and operating differently from other full stack self-driving players, how self-driving will create a new and better future, and what challenges this industry faces to achieve success. They will comment on how technology, government, policy and business models will evolve to enable this new industry.

The speakers will each give keynote introductions and then participate in a moderated fireside chat to delve more deeply into how artificial intelligence and ACES (autonomous-connected-electric-shared) mobility will change society.

The program will be moderated by Mark Platshon, a 20 year serial CEO and now Managing Director of Icebreaker Ventures’ Autonomous World Fund which invests in electric, connected, autonomous and shared mobility technologies.

Chris Urmson - Founder & CEO, Aurora
Chris has been instrumental in instigating and advancing the development of self-driving vehicles and the industry for the last 15 years. Before founding Aurora, Chris helped build Google’s self-driving car program and served as CTO. Prior, Chris was a faculty member of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked with house size trucks, drove robots around in deserts, and was the technical director of the DARPA Urban and Grand Challenge teams. He earned his PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and his BSc in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba.

Sterling Anderson - Founder & Chief Product Officer, Aurora
Sterling is a longtime developer of autonomous vehicle technology. In the late 2000's, he developed the MIT Intelligent Co-Pilot, a shared autonomy framework that paved the way for broad advances in cooperative control of human-machine systems. In 2014, he joined Tesla, where he led the design, development, and launch of the Tesla Model X, then led the team that delivered Tesla Autopilot. In early 2017, he co-founded Aurora with Chris Urmson and Drew Bagnell to bring the benefits of this technology to market safely, quickly and broadly. Sterling holds several patents and over a dozen publications in autonomous vehicle systems, and an MS and PhD in Robotics from MIT.


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