MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The self-driving company Aurora is welcoming freight and trucking safety expert Karen Rasmussen to its Safety Advisory Board, further strengthening its steadfast commitment to delivering its technology to market safely.
Rasmussen is currently the Executive Director of the Independent Carrier Safety Association (ICSA), a non-profit organization focused on improving highway safety. Previously, she was the President & CEO of PrePass Safety Alliance, the non-profit owner of the PrePass truck safety weigh station bypass system, the most-utilized bypass and electronic tolling system in North America. Rasmussen also served as President and CEO of the Arizona Trucking Association (AzTA) and has held senior leadership roles at Ryder System, the California Trucking Association, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Building a team with depth and breadth of safety expertise is a key part of Aurora’s safety approach. Aurora’s industry-leading Safety Case Framework is the first public self-driving Safety Case Framework that applies to both autonomous trucks and passenger vehicles, and the company believes it is an imperative component for any company looking to safely deliver commercial-ready self-driving vehicles at scale. Aurora has also shared best practices for implementing Safety Management Systems to help the entire industry make progress towards delivering self-driving technology safely.
“In order for there to be public acceptance of self-driving technology, safety is critically important. The trucking industry has worked very hard for my entire lifetime, to improve its safety record over the years – from better driver training and scheduling limits – and autonomous vehicles are another step in that direction,” said Rasmussen, Aurora’s newest Safety Advisory Board member.
“As we deploy self-driving technology at scale, first in trucking and then in passenger mobility, safety is the foundation of everything we do,” said Aurora CEO Chris Urmson. “The expertise of the Safety Advisory Board complements the team we have at Aurora and its members offer valuable insights as we deliver this technology safely.”
Aurora’s Safety Advisory Board offers the Aurora team an external perspective on Aurora’s overall approach to safety, as well as on other broader industry topics, including how the company engages with regulators and the public. It also offers feedback on systematically managing, controlling, and mitigating safety risks. In addition to Rasmussen, the Board is made of experts from fields including aviation safety, insurance, emergency/trauma medicine, automotive safety, and academia:
- Shailen Bhatt, Senior Vice President of Global Transportation Innovation, AECOM
- Dave Carbaugh, Former Chief Pilot Flight Operations, Boeing
- Adrian Lund, Managing Member of HITCH42, LLC and former President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
- Dr. Victoria Chibuogu Nneji, Lead Engineer & Innovation Strategist at Edge Case Research
- Dr. Jeff Runge, President of Biologue, Inc. and former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- George Snyder, President and CEO of GHS Aviation Group
Aurora – which announced earlier this summer its plans to merge with the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Reinvent Technology Partners Y (NASDAQ: RTPY) – expects to be listed on Nasdaq with the ticker symbol AUR on November 4, 2021.
Founded in 2017 by experts in the self-driving industry, Aurora is on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. To move both people and goods, the company is building the Aurora Driver, a platform that brings together software, hardware and data services to autonomously operate passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks. Aurora is backed by Sequoia Capital, Baillie Gifford, funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, among others, and is partnered with industry leaders including Toyota, Uber, Volvo, and PACCAR. Aurora tests its vehicles in the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Dallas. The company has offices in those areas as well as in Bozeman, MT; Seattle, WA; Louisville, CO; and Wixom, MI. To learn more, visit www.aurora.tech.
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