Filed by Reinvent Technology Partners Y
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Aurora Innovation, Inc.
Commission File No. 001-40216
RTPY-Aurora Media Filings CNBC TechCheck Transcript
15 July 2021
Carl Quintanilla: Welcome back. A founder of Googles self-driving project is taking his own autonomous vehicle startup public today merging with Reid Hoffmans SPAC. Lets get over to Phil LeBeau with the CEO of Aurora. Hey Phil.
Phil LeBeau: Hi, Carl. Lets bring in Chris Urmson, who is the co-founder and CEO of Aurora, which for the last four years has been developing autonomous vehicle technology. Well talk about your roadmap in a little bit, Chris, but tell us why this deal came together, how quickly it came together, and how do you address the concerns that people have that, look, this is just another SPAC and were not sure when this company is actually going to pay off for us?
Chris Urmson: Yeah, well it is an incredibly exciting day for us as a company and I think for this technology moving forward. For the last four and a half years, we have really been investing in building the foundations of what it takes to ship a product in this space. Ive known Reid and the Reinvent team for a long time. Theyre deeply experienced in what theyre doing. As we look to expand Auroras access to capital so we can go and actually deliver on this mission, tapping the public market seemed like the right path for us. Itll allow public market investors to be part of the journey in this space so were just incredibly excited about where we are today.
Phil LeBeau: The valuation of this deal at about $11 billion dollars, now your roadmap calls for you to deliver your first Level 4 autonomous driving system to either Volvo or PACCAR or both of them by late 2023 so they can put these into their trucks. How confident are you that we will actually see Level 4 autonomous driving on the streets and on highways late 23, early 24?
Chris Urmson: Yeah so this is part of what we have with Aurora is this deep experience in the team and this incredible group of about 1,600 people working on the problem. And so were feeling uniquely qualified to understand how to get there and what it is going to take. We have been investing in foundational technologies, whether it is our lidar technology, FirstLight that allows us to see several hundred meters down the road or whether its our offline simulation capability that allows us to develop dramatically more efficiently and more safely and importantly give us enough data to ultimately validate the system and have confidence that it is safe to put on the road. And so you know we cant see the future, of course. but were committed in working hard toward that date.
Deirdre Bosa: Good morning, Chris. It is Deirdre. Last year you guys purchased Ubers self-driving unit and for Uber it was, you know, a major money loser, lost about $300 million dollars at least last year. Have you been able to improve margins and when do you expect autonomous driving to become profitable on a gross profit basis?
Chris Urmson: For us that partnership was really or that acquisition was about bringing the talent that was necessary to solve the problem together along with incredible technology partnerships. And so out of that deal were now partnered with the worlds number one ride-hailing platform with Uber, the worlds number one auto manufacturer with Toyota, and with two of the top three truck manufacturers in North America that make up about 50% of the market. So were spring loaded to enter the market with what we think are the best partnerships in the industry. The team that were able to bring in from Uber to augment the amazing folks we had at Aurora really puts us at the critical mass necessary to actually solve the problem. We expect to be getting a product to market as we said at the end of 23, and then because our business model is one of driver-as-a-service type model, where we get paid for the utilization of our Driver and market, think of it as a usage base SAAS model. We think that this becomes a really exciting business quickly and will you know not only do amazing things for society in terms of improving road safety, access and eligibility, equitable access and reducing the cost of it but will also create an immense amount of value for our shareholders over time.
Deirdre Bosa: How do you think about competition with Alphabets Waymo? Some have argued that it could actually become the leader in terms of robo taxis combining its ride-sharing network due to its huge amounts of data and its also seen as a leader in autonomous driving technology.
Chris Urmson: We have a ton of respect for everyone working in the space. This is an important problem that matters to solve, and the space is gigantic right that its transportation in the U.S. is like $1.8 trillion market. And so there is room for multiple players and as there should be in a market of that scale. That said, as I think about Aurora, I look at the landscape, I think about the people, the technology, the partnerships, and the go-to-market strategy and so with Aurora, the size of the team and the experience of the team puts us in a rarified area. I think two or three teams that are at the scale that we are, in terms of the technology that deep experience we have has allowed us to make strategic bets that will actually unlock the technology at a commercial scale, not just as a demonstration. Our partnerships as I just talked about are really profoundly valuable and important and we see the opportunity to help raise their businesses and thus scale ours over time. And then finally I think this is important, as a public market investor, were going to be the only company you can directly invest in, where were tackling both the trucking problem and that massive market, but also the ride-hailing partnership and through our engagement with ride-hailing application, through our partnership with Uber, well be able to deliver a product to market that starts to serve people before it has to do everything. And we think getting into market is really important here.
Phil LeBeau: Chris, its Phil. One final question you and I have talked for a number of years. And I think the first time we talked your son was 9 or 10 years old and you said, Look, my goal is he never has to get a drivers license. That self-driving cars will be the way of getting around, around town, wherever you want to go. Your son, I believe, is going to be turning 18. He now has a learners permit. How confident are you that he will not have to be doing his own driving, lets say by the time hes 25 or when hes 30?
Chris Urmson: Yeah, and I think it is really important when youre working on something as challenging as what we are is to set a goal, set a mission. And Ive been fortunate through my career, Ive been able to pursue that you know Ive been working in the space for going on 20 years now. And I think, yes, our expectation is that youll be able to use this technology in the near future, and that over time it is going to be a massive benefit in terms of the safety, accessibility and efficiency of moving people through the world.
Phil LeBeau: Chris Urmson, Co-Founder and CEO of Aurora, thank you for joining us, Chris. Guys, they expect this deal to close later this year. And when it does, this will be once again people saying, OK, the clock is ticking, when do we actually see Level 4 autonomous technology? They say by late 23, early 24. Well have to see how it progresses from here back to you.
Deirdre Bosa: And Phil, we have that timeline. I think about two years ago, I talked to him as well so hes sticking to it, which as you know can be impressive in this space as timelines often get pushed further out. Thanks, Phil for bringing that to us.
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