In the future, online orders could also be delivered by self-driving cars, and the driver’s job will change. The online retailer Amazon has acquired the startup Zoox for this purpose. Now the first autonomously driving Zoox robo-taxi has been presented.
The supply chain from the shipping warehouse to the customer’s front door is a central component of the business model of online retailers. The global top dog Amazon in particular leaves hardly anything to chance here. In addition to external service providers such as DHL and Hermes, the company also uses its own delivery service in many markets, employing subcontractors.
It is hardly surprising that Amazon is also keeping a close eye on developments in the field of autonomous driving. After all, the same applies here as in long-distance transport: with self-driving transport vehicles, drivers could take over other logistics tasks on the road. The better use of time leads to faster processes and cost savings.
Not the first investment
Before a profit can be made, an investment must be made. The old investor adage applies to tech companies as well. Amazon has now made such an investment with the purchase of startup Zoox. Founded in 2014 in the U.S., the company specializes in developing electrically powered cars with autonomous driving capabilities. Now Zoox has unveiled its first autonomous driving robo-taxi.
Mobility cube has 16 hours of endurance
The robo-taxi drives in both directions.
It looks like what you’d imagine a robo-taxi to look like. The 3.63-meter-long and 1.94-meter-high cuboid places the wheels extremely close to the corners, relies on many glass surfaces and little design. Two two-seater benches face each other in the interior. There is no front or rear, because the Zoox robo-taxi drives in both directions. Four steerable wheels ensure maneuverability. The turning circle is said to be only 8.6 meters. A 133 kWh battery provides a good range. This should allow the robo-taxi to keep moving for up to 16 hours and to travel at speeds of up to 120 km/h. A maximum range or charging times are not mentioned.