Amazon acquires autonomous vehicle company Zoox
Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire autonomous vehicle company Zoox.
Described as a “forward-thinking team that is pioneering the future of ride-hailing by designing autonomous technology from the ground up with passengers front-of-mind,” Zoox will continue to operate as a standalone business under its current leadership of Aicha Evans, Zoox CEO, and Jesse Levinson, Zoox co-founder and CTO.
“Zoox is working to imagine, invent, and design a world-class autonomous ride-hailing experience,” says Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s CEO, Worldwide Consumer.
“Like Amazon, Zoox is passionate about innovation and about its customers, and we're excited to help the talented Zoox team to bring their vision to reality in the years ahead.”
Zoox launched in 2014 with a vision of purpose-built, zero-emissions vehicles designed for autonomous ride-hailing, along with an end-to-end autonomy software stack. With a focus on the ride-hailing customer, Zoox seeks to provide passengers with a “revolutionary” experience through its ground-up vehicle equipped with tightly integrated features.
According to Amazon, Zoox's approach to invention “provides flexibility and the means to iterate rapidly to continuously deliver a superior experience for customers.”
“Since Zoox's inception six years ago, we have been singularly focused on our ground-up approach to autonomous mobility,” explains Jesse Levinson, Zoox co-founder and CTO. “Amazon's support will markedly accelerate our path to delivering safe, clean, and enjoyable transportation to the world.”