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Meet the 9 execs leading Amazon-backed Aurora on its quest to swipe Waymos self-driving-car dominance

  • Aurora is making self-driving technology for semi trucks and ride-hailing vehicles.
  • The startup, led by a trio of self-driving veterans, has raised $1.2 billion.
  • It counts Amazon and Uber as investors and has a partnership with Toyota.
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Aurora Innovation has established itself as one of the top contenders in the autonomous-vehicle industry as it develops self-driving systems for semi trucks and ride-hailing vehicles.

Since its 2017 founding, the company has raised $1.2 billion and formed partnerships with Toyota and Paccar. And in an industry where most major players are owned by a tech company or an automaker, Aurora stands out for its independence. Though it has big-name investors like Amazon and Uber, none has a controlling stake.

Aurora’s cofounders — CEO Chris Urmson, CTO Drew Bagnell, and chief product officer Sterling Anderson — have received praise from industry observers, but it takes more than three people to deliver on this tech. Behind these big names are a number of executives who playing critical roles in helping the company bring its computer-operated “driver” to the road.

These are nine of Aurora’s key executives.

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