Amazon’s driverless electric vehicle is coming

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Earlier this year, Amazone (NASDAQ: AMZN) bought Zoox, a six-year-old start-up that seeks to create self-driving vehicles from the ground up. He is said to have paid more than $ 1.2 billion in the deal, making it one of the largest acquisitions ever made by Amazon.

On Monday, the company revealed the Zoox vehicle and its plans for the fully autonomous electric vehicle. Amazon plans to compete Technologies Uber (NYSE: UBER) and Elevator (NASDAQ: LYFT) using the Zoox electric vehicle (EV) as a driverless robotaxi, according to a Bloomberg report.

Véhicule Zoox. Source of image: Zoox.

The EV can carry up to four people, travel in both directions, does not contain a steering wheel and has a top speed of 120 km / h. Its two battery packs are enough to keep the vehicle running for up to 16 hours on a single charge. The company plans to launch an app-based helpline service in select US cities, including San Francisco and Las Vegas, as well as overseas.

Zoox technical director Jesse Levinson said the vehicle had passed all safety tests, according to the Bloomberg report. It navigates using rotating laser sensors and cameras at every corner of the vehicle, giving it the ability to see a full field of view at all times.

CEO Evans also said the EV “could move packages” at some point, referring to the possibility of creating a fleet of autonomous delivery vehicles, although she said there was no current plans for this.

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