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Amazon’s Zoox Seeks to Test Self-Driving Taxi in California Ahead of Launch of Robotaxi Business

The existing facility has the capacity to create tens of thousands of vehicles, according to Levinson, Zoox, and Tesla also produce its automobiles in Fremont, California. Inc. owned self-driving technology company Zoox announced on Tuesday that it was preparing to launch its robotaxi service, self-certifying that its vehicle lacks pedals and a steering wheel complies with federal laws in the United States and applying for a license in California to test drive it.

According to Jesse Levison, cofounder, and chief technology officer of Zoox, “We actually committed the extra time and money to design a vehicle that doesn’t require exemptions, and that basically lets us control our own destiny and also deploy our vehicles at scale.

Zoox’s VH6 has space for four passengers, two of whom are facing each other. This configuration is similar to that of startup Cruise’s Origin vehicle, which was unveiled in January 2020.

General Motors is in charge of the cruise. The VH6 is made at Zoox’s “Kato” facility in Fremont, California, which is also where Tesla makes its automobiles.

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According to Levinson, the plant has built dozens of VH6s and its current facility has the capacity to build tens of thousands of vehicles.

He claimed that the present economic recession had not had an impact on the business and that Zoox will raise its personnel count from 1,400 at the beginning of the year to 2,000 this year.

Levison added that the company is now concentrating on moving people rather than items because the latter is far more lucrative.

Even in the early stages of this technology, “We can compete with, for example, Uber and Lyft and generate money and be extremely cost competitive,” he stated.

Self-driving technology companies have typically requested an “exemption” from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for their vehicles.

In contrast, Levinson claimed Zoox opted to self-certify in accordance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, admitting that this was a stricter requirement and that doing so made Zoox responsible for the vehicle’s safety.

The NHTSA exemption often places a cap on both the volume and duration of vehicle production. Cruise requested an NHTSA exemption this year. According to a person close to the business, Cruise thought that approach was more responsible and gave regulators a better understanding of the technology.

In the meantime, Softbank-backed self-driving startup Nuro stated that it expects its upcoming model to “comply with all applicable government standards at the time that it is deployed”.

Its current R2 vehicle, which has no pedals, a steering wheel, and just room inside for deliveries, was produced with an NHTSA exemption.











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