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Chris Urmson



Chris Urmson is the CEO of Aurora, the company he co-founded in 2017 to develop self-driving technology. Chris is an engineer and former faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his PhD in Robotics and developed robotic vehicles. He then joined Google to spearhead their autonomous vehicle project which eventually spun off as Waymo. Chris left Google to co-found Aurora, which has partnered with leading transport firms including Uber, Toyota, FedEx and Volvo. In 2021, Aurora went public via Reinvent Technology Partners Y, the SPAC founded by Reid Hoffman and Mark Pincus.

“One of the biggest challenges is that we’re trying to solve a grand problem. How do we break it into parts where people can have victories on this long journey?”