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
RTYP-Aurora Social Media Filing Axios Article
Autonomous trucks wow Wall Street
By Joann Muller
16 July 2021
Autonomous trucking is a hot commodity as investors once dazzled by self-driving cars are now pouring truckloads of money into automated logistics.
The big picture: Its still not clear when robotaxis might be ready for large-scale deployment. Meanwhile, the explosion of e-commerce since the pandemic has created an increased demand for shipping.
By the numbers: In the first half of 2021, investors pumped a record $5.6 billion into autonomous trucking companies such as TuSimple, Plus and Embark.
Valuations for the top four companies in the truck sector soared 544% from Q2 2020 to Q2 2021, compared to only a 12% rise for the four largest robotaxi companies, according to PitchBook research.
Theres no question that investors are realizing the broader and potentially near-term opportunity with automated logistics, Asad Hussain, PitchBook mobility analyst, tells Axios.
Driving the news: Aurora Innovation is the latest self-driving tech company to go public, announcing plans Thursday to merge with a special purpose acquisition company, Reinvent Technology Partners Y.
Aurora will net about $2 billion from the deal and boost its valuation to an estimated $11 billion, more than any other publicly traded AV company.
The company, which turned its focus from robotaxis to trucks about a year ago, has partnerships with leading truck manufacturers Volvo Group and PACCAR, parent of Peterbilt and Kenworth. Together, they represent approximately 50% of the nations Class 8 truck market the largest 18-wheelers.
The Aurora driver will launch on the first of these companies trucks in 2023, likely in Texas, where testing is underway.
Flashback: Back in 2018, Aurora co-founder and CEO Chris Urmson told Axios he didnt believe that long-haul trucking was a safe or smart way to start applying AV technology.
Early on, theres a massive benefit to driving in urban environments because you learn more quickly, he said Thursday, explaining his thinking back then. At lower speeds, he said, theres less kinetic energy if something goes wrong.
And we didnt think you could see far enough to solve the truck problem, he added.
Fast forward: Since then, Aurora has solved its perception problem by acquiring two lidar companies and built its core driving skills so that its Aurora Driver is almost ready.
What Urmson is saying now: The business argument for trucking is stronger than the case for robotaxis.
It comes down to theres a massive shortage of 60,000 drivers. By the end of the decade, that shortage will be 160,000 drivers.
That seems to be the broad view of investors. With robotaxis, you have to create the demand. But with the trucks, the demand is there. The labor thing is so crucial, says PitchBooks Hussain.
And its not just that theres a shortage of workers. The shortage is concentrated in long trips, and those are the easiest to automate.
Whats next: Aurora still plans to target businesses outside of trucking, including last-mile delivery and ride-hailing, through its partnerships with Toyota and Uber.
Automated runs between airports and hotels or convention centers are a good place to start, Urmson said but not until after Auroras autonomous trucks are rolling.
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plans to operate or Aurora operates, variations in operating performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting Reinvents or Auroras business and changes in the combined capital structure, (xi) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations after the completion of the proposed transaction, and identify and realize additional opportunities, and (xii) the risk of downturns and a changing regulatory landscape in the highly competitive self-driving industry. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors section of Reinvents registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-253075), its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2021, the registration statement on Form S-4 discussed below and other documents filed by Reinvent from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Reinvent, Sequoia and Aurora assume no obligation and do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Neither Reinvent nor Aurora gives any assurance that either Reinvent or Aurora or the combined company will achieve its expectations.
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