Amazon’s Zoox gets green light for robotaxi tests in California

Zoox joins Alphabet Inc. unit Waymo LLC, Nuro Inc. and AutoX Technologies in a small club of truly driverless testers in the state.

By:BLOOMBERG
| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 22:59 IST
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Amazon announced it's buying Zoox in June.
Amazon announced it's buying Zoox in June. (REUTERS)
Amazon announced it's buying Zoox in June.
Amazon announced it's buying Zoox in June. (REUTERS)

Amazon.com Inc.'s self-driving-car unit, Zoox Inc., is getting a green light from California to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, becoming the fourth company to receive the state's blessing for truly driverless testing.

The permit allows Zoox to operate two vehicles without a driver behind the wheel, a step up from approval it received four years ago that required the presence of a person to take control if needed, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement.

While some 60 companies have permission to conduct autonomous testing with a safety driver in California, Zoox joins Alphabet Inc. unit Waymo LLC, Nuro Inc. and AutoX Technologies in a small club of truly driverless testers in the state.

Zoox will be allowed to conduct tests on public roads within a designated area in San Mateo County near its headquarters in Foster City, California. The tests are allowed only under fair-weather conditions and on streets with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour.

Amazon agreed to buy Zoox in June to bolster the e-commerce giant's ambitions in automated package delivery and ride-hailing.

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First Published Date: 19 Sep, 08:30 IST
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