Autonomous Driving Amazon acquires ride-hailing start-up
Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire Zoox. The Californian company is engaged from the ground up in the development of autonomous ride-hailing vehicles. According to suspicions Amazon spent more than a billion dollars on this deal.
It is no secret that Amazon has been investing in technologies for self-propelled cars for some time now. According to the Financial Times, Amazon's takeover intentions are to create a fleet of self-propelled taxis to compete with Alphabet's Waymo.
"This acquisition solidifies Zoox's impact on the autonomous driving industry," said Aicha Evans, CEO of Zoox. "We have made great strides with our purpose-built approach to safe, autonomous mobility, and our exceptionally talented team working every day to realize that vision. We now have an even greater opportunity to realize a fully autonomous future." Jesse Levinson, Zoox co-founder and CTO adds "Since Zoox's inception six years ago, we have been singularly focused on our ground-up approach to autonomous mobility. Amazon's support will markedly accelerate our path to delivering safe, clean, and enjoyable transportation to the world."