Zoox says the vehicle is wellsuited to operating in dense urban environments thanks to a four-wheel steering capability that allows it to change direction without turning around when navigating compact spaces. It also helps that the taxi is only 12 feet long, which the Amazon unit says represents “one of the smallest footprints in the automotive industry.”
Zoox is currently testing the vehicle in Foster City as well as San Francisco and Las Vegas. The unit’s announcement of the self-driving taxi states that it’s working to enable “rider-focused deployment of the Zoox vision for urban mobility,” suggesting it may eventually seek to make its taxis available to consumers.
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