Wednesday, 16 December 2020 19:47

Amazon's Zoox Reveals a Bi-Directional Autonomous Transport Pod

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...four inward-facing seats, no steering wheel and a novel airbag system designed for bi-directional vehicles.


The ability to move both forwards and backwards works with the vehicle’s tiny footprint, which measures just 3.63 m (12 ft) long, to enable the vehicle to move through compact spaces.

It is powered by a 133-kWh battery, which the company says allows for 16 hours of continuous operation. A mix of cameras, radar and lidar enable the robotaxi to autonomously navigate its surroundings, while top speed is listed as 75 mph (120 km/h).

“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,” says Aicha Evans, Zoox CEO. “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.”

There is no word on when or where Zoox plans to take its first paying passengers, but the independent Amazon subsidiary is currently carrying out vehicle testing in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Foster City.

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