Toyota, Aurora Test Self-Driving Cars in Texas

Autonomous ride-hailing fleet with two safety operators and no passengers has begun testing in Texas, Toyota and Aurora Innovation said on Tuesday.

The Aurora self-driving system will be tested on highways and suburban streets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including trips to airports.

Despite billions of dollars in engineering investment, scaling up the fleet is difficult due to technological hurdles.

"The route demonstrates Aurora's ability to safely operate at highway speeds, allowing it to prioritise popular and lucrative rides," the US company said.

Waymo, Aurora's competitor, charges for rides in Phoenix suburbs and does not provide airport pickups

Waymo said on Monday it is ready to deploy driverless vehicles in San Francisco, but gave no timeframe.

As part of its commercial launch on ride-hailing networks like Uber, Aurora, led by former Google self-driving car project director Chris Urmson, said it will keep adding vehicles to its fleet.

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