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BYTON partners with self-driving technology company Aurora

BYTON concept front. (Image source: BYTON)

BYTON, an innovator of electric vehicles, has partnered with Aurora, a self-driving technology company, a move that aims to help BYTON to incorporate Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous-driving vehicle capabilities

In the next two years, BYTON and Aurora are set to jointly conduct pilot deployment of Aurora?s L4 autonomous driving systems on BYTON vehicles. Additionally, BYTON and Aurora are expected to explore the use of Aurora?s self-driving system in BYTON's series production vehicles.

According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, L4 autonomous vehicles focus on driving independently in most environments, with the expectations that people may need or choose to drive in some conditions.

Through this partnership, BYTON focus on delivering the benefits of self-driving vehicles safely, quickly and globally, said Dr Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and co-founder of BYTON.

Chris Urmson, CEO of Aurora, added that the partnership is set to help the company in further advancing its goal of delivering self-driving vehicles.

At CES 2018 in Las Vegas in January 2018, BYTON announced plans to design and build smart premium electric cars for the Chinese, the US and European markets. Sales are set to begin in China in 2019 and is expected to start in the US and Europe in 2020.