Amazon’s latest push into self-driving car technologies involves buying up Zoox, a startup that’s developing robot taxis that can be hailed over a smartphone.
“We’re acquiring Zoox to help bring their vision of autonomous ride-hailing to reality,” the e-commerce giant said in today’s announcement.
Amazon is remaining mum on how it’ll exactly use the acquisition. But for years now, the company has also been exploring self-driving car technologies. In 2019, the e-commerce giant was among the backers to a $530 million funding round for Aurora, a software developer of autonomous driving.
Whether Amazon plans to one day offer a robot taxi service was left unsaid in today’s announcement. But the same technologies could also power a fleet of self-driving delivery vehicles.
On Zoox, Amazon noted the startup’s commitment to developing self-driving vehicles that generate zero carbon emissions. Last year, Amazon made a pledgeto become a net zero carbon emissions company …