The electric car startup Zoox from Amazon has just unveiled its all-new self-driving robotic-taxi. The self-driving car is coming into a market where most of the self-driving designs include a brake pedal and steering wheel, though it was the decision of Zoox to trash them wholesale since they deemed these parts not necessary considering that there won’t be a driver.
The robotic-taxi can seat up to 4 passengers at a time and includes sliding doors on each side similar to a carriage and is shorter than most Sedan’s average height. However that doesn’t take away from the capabilities of the taxi. The taxi features a jumbo 133kWh battery, which is nearly double the size of more common electric cars and can also travel for up to 16 hours at a time, on a single charge. The robotic-taxi can also move around tight spaces, is bi-directional and can travel at speeds up to 75 mph. The taxi also includes smartphone chargers, in addition to smaller screens that allow passengers to keep track of how the trip is progressing. Also included is a 270° field of vision to make blind spots a thing of the past, as well as a myriad of cameras, LIDAR sensors and radars to increase safety precautions while on the road. Currently there’s no launch date for the robotic taxis as Zoox is still testing the functionality of the cars. Zoox’s robotic-taxi is described by the manufacturers as “built for riders, not drivers.”
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