Volkswagen and Aurora will not renew any partnership, the Financial Times reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to those sources, VW chose not to renew its contract with Aurora, having wrapped up the last project between the two companies earlier this month.
"Volkswagen Group has been a wonderful partner to Aurora since the early days of development of the Aurora Driver," said an Aurora spokesperson in an emailed statement today. "As the Driver matures and our platform grows in strength, we continue to work with a growing array of partners who complement our expertise and expand the reach of our product." Volkswagen confirmed the report, as well, saying only that "[t]he activities under our partnership have been concluded."
A source told the Financial Times that it's likely that VW will instead partner with Argo AI, a Ford subsidiary focused on AV development. It's the most feasible route given the fledgling partnership between the two automakers, which was . While the initial scope is limited to midsize trucks and commercial vans, it's possible that Ford could that VW developed for its own electric cars. Rumors circulated over the winter that VW in Argo AI.
Aurora will be plenty fine, even without a partnership with one of the world's largest automakers. Hyundai is, as far as we know,development, and earlier this week, Fiat Chrysler announced that it would be using the Aurora Driver platform to .