E-commerce platform Amazon's Zoox has claimed to be the first self-driving car 'robotaxis' to run on a public road. The company said in a statement that last week it put on the road an electric vehicle that does not have a steering wheel.
Jokes dropped his employees from one company building to another during lunch in a self-driving car in Foster City, California. During this, the driverless passenger car was driven for more than 1 kilometer on the public road. The test was part of the launch of a no-cost employee shuttle service that will also help the company refine its technology.
This robotaxi comes without steering wheel and pedals and can seat 4 passengers. This car can hold a top speed of up to 55 kmph. Jokes introduced the robotaxi in late 2020. The company said that the Jokes has been designed for city roads, but it can perform well on the highway as well.
Tests are being done for its high speed. Amazon bought Jox Company in 2020. A collection of startups are racing to deploy robotaxis, including General Motors Co.'s Cruise. Meanwhile, technology is being investigated regarding safety.