Zoox unveils its new fully functional, electric and autonomous robo-taxi

Following its Amazon Acquisition, the Autonomous mobility company Zoox has formally unveiled its new fully functional, electric and autonomous urban transport vehicle after six years in the making.

Designed and manufactured in the United States, Zoox is the only vehicle to offer bi-directional driving capabilities and four-wheel steeling, which combined allow the “robo-taxi” to maneuver through busy streets as well as ease in directional changes.

The inside of the vehicle features spacious carriage-style seating for four passengers, enhanced by a personal entertainment interface on each side.

Using one of the largest batteries available in the electric vehicle market today, the 133kWh battery allows the vehicle to remain on the road for up to 16 hours on a single charge, and travel at speeds of up to 120km/hour.

Underpinning the design of the vehicle is cutting edge robotics, artificial intelligence, and a vision of sustainable energy.

“Revealing our functioning and driving vehicle is an exciting milestone in our company’s history and marks an important step on our journey towards deploying an autonomous ride-hailing service,” said Aicha Evans, Zoox CEO, in a statement.

“We are transforming the rider experience to provide superior mobility-as-a-service for cities. And as we see the alarming statistics around carbon emissions and traffic accidents, it’s more important than ever that we build a sustainable, safe solution that allows riders to get from point A to point B.”

The company reports it has achieved its autonomous functionality with 100 safety innovations, consisting of the LiDAR, radar and several strategically placed cameras offering 270-degree coverage on all four corners for the vehicle. Zoox can see over 150m away in all directions – and even around corners, eliminating the typical blind spots and allowing the vehicle to track objects that are located in front of it, next to it and behind it.

“Safety is the foundation of everything we do. Building a vehicle from the ground-up has given us the opportunity to reimagine passenger safety, shifting from reactive to proactive measures,” said Jesse Levinson, Zoox CTO and co-founder in a statement.

“These include new safety features such as our airbag design, redundant hardware throughout the vehicle, a unique sensor architecture, and a custom AI stack that detects and mitigates potential risks. Our vehicle has passed key FMVSS crash tests, and we are continuing to look for new, innovative ways to protect our riders and others on the road.”

For more information visit zoox.com

Source: The Driven | Zoox unveils bi-directional, self-driving electric robo-taxi with big battery.

17 December 2020

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