Self-driving company Aurora Innovation has started testing its Toyota Sienna-based robotaxis in Texas.
The Sienna robotaxis feature the Aurora Driver hardware suite and are currently being driven on highways and suburban streets in Texas. The minivans’ systems frequently handle U-turns, high-speed merges, and lane changes and can also react to road construction works, stop-and-go traffic, inclement weather, and can detect pedestrians, motorcyclists, and traffic lights. The vehicles have two safety operators on board during tests.
To celebrate the launch of the system, Aurora picked up a number of Toyota executives from the automaker’s headquarters before the vehicle drove them autonomously on a portion of the route they would normally take to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.