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Volkswagen Group has ended a partnership with Aurora Innovation, the autonomy startup founded by former Google self-driving head Chris Urmson, as was first reported by the Financial Times.
Volkswagen was one of Aurora’s first customers; the two companies announced the deal at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, though they had been working together for at least a year before that.
To keep its self-driving efforts moving forward, Volkswagen is reportedly pursuing a new deal with Ford-backed startup Argo AI.
Volkswagen and Ford announced a “global alliance” in January that’s centered on trucks and vans, though both companies said collaborations on electric and autonomous vehicles were possible.
News of the split comes just a few days after Fiat Chrysler announced it will pay an undisclosed amount of money to use Aurora’s tech to power self-driving commercial vehicles.