Zoox shows a close-up of its autonomous robot taxi

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Zoox shared a close-up of its commercial electric robot taxi at TechCrunch Mobility 2022 in San Mateo, California on Wednesday.

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subsidiary of Amazon four-seater, fully autonomous vehicle with white cuboid body with large black sliding doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, beamforming speakers to send audible warnings to distracted pedestrians, and a 60W USB-C port with enough power to charge a 15-inch MacBook.

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The sleek, boxy silhouette is missing the front and back. Instead, the bidirectional robotaxis is symmetrical, with the same slanted face, cameras, lights, speakers, and large windows on either side. “Internally, we call it north side and south side,” Zoox co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson said during an on-stage interview.

Autonomous driving Zoox

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The design has sensors on every corner of the robotic taxi, allowing the vehicle to see in all directions. Angular architecture helps “see almost everything, including things behind things”.

“The shape of the car is perfect for autonomous driving because each of these sensors has a 270-degree field of view,” Levinson said. “Because there is one at each corner, we can not only see everything in 360 degrees, but also have an overlapping, redundant field of view that helps us see around.”

Company showed robotaxis in December 2020 at a closed course in San Francisco and is working on making it safe and legal on public roads. Levinson declined to give a timeline but said the company was “very close”. Zoox is already testing the vehicle on closed roads in Seattle, Las Vegas and Foster City, California.

Sliding doors create a wide opening leading to a low floor, making it easier for passengers to get in and out. On each side, a strip of speakers above the headlights is displayed. Beamforming speakers can beam sound in any direction with a targeted focus, Levinson says, alerting certain distracted pedestrians with a chime that’s more polite than a signal.

“They’ll hear it, and everyone else won’t.”

Each of the four seats is equipped with a seven-inch screen comparable in size to an iPhone. A simple interface allows passengers to control the car’s four-zone climate control, check the route, and change the music.

Simplicity is meant to reduce visual stimuli. “This is not about super-powerful 3D games,” Levinson said. “We don’t bombard you with screens like this and ads all over the place.”

The passenger experience is “actually pretty dull after 30 seconds,” Levinson said, “but that’s a good thing because people just want to live their lives, talk, read a book, play with their iPhone, or whatever. make.”

Each seat also features a wireless charging pad and a 60W USB-C port.

The ceiling features a dot light display that Zoox calls a “heavenly headliner” modeled after Rolls-Royce’s five-figure star headliner.

“This is a small part of our prestigious feature,” Levinson said. “If we ever need to build a cheaper version, that’s probably the first thing to do.”

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