The autonomous vehicle technology company, Aurora, recently fund raised around $530 million during a Series B financing round that was led by Sequoia Capital along with Amazon and T. Rowe Price Associates.
The announcement follows a $90 million funding round in February of 2018 from Index Ventures and Greylock Partners, bringing the total amount raised to around $620 million. Aurora’s valuation is now at $2.5 billion.
Other participants in the round include Shell Ventures, Geodesic, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Greylock.
Carl Eschenbach, a Sequoia partner, is going to join Aurora’s board. Other notable names on the board include LinkedIn Co-founder Reid Hoffman and Mike Volpi from Index Ventures, a previous investor.
The company has expanded rapidly since it was founded in 2017, with offices in Palo Alto, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. It hired Jinnah Hosein, the former head of software engineering at SpaceX, to lead its software engineering team. Aurora also has current partnerships with Volkswagen, Hyundai and Byton, a Chinese electric vehicle startup.
Amazon and Sequoia’s participation signify a long-term strategy for the company, said Chris Urmson, one of the founders of Aurora. “We’re trying to be strategic about it and have people around the table who share the vision of where we want to go as a company and who understand how hard the problem is — this is not a short-term play — knowing that ultimately, we will need more capital,” he said.
Amazon didn’t say if there was a direct relationship in terms of customers, but Amazon said Aurora was a forward-thinking company.
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