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Aurora Innovation, the autonomous tech startup run by the former head of Google’s self-driving car division, just landed a funding round of half a billion dollars from a large group of investors — and Amazon was one of them. It’s the latest sign that the online retail giant is pushing hard into the world of autonomy. Late last month, CNBC discovered that self-driving truck startup Embark has been hauling Amazon cargo on some of its test runs. One week before that, Amazon announced it had developed a small autonomous delivery robot named Scout. Amazon has poked at a number of different sections of the automotive industry, too. It released a dashboard product with Alexa, and has integrated the voice assistant into a number of cars. The... Continue reading…