• From the Detroit News:
"Zoox, the self-driving startup owned by Amazon.com, carried passengers in its fully autonomous vehicle on public roads for the first time.
"Last week, the electric vehicle, which doesn't have a steering wheel, ran a mile-long route carrying staff between Zoox's two main buildings in Foster City, California, the company said in a statement. The firm will now operate a shuttle for employees on the same trip while it seeks additional clearances to expand its service to the public.
"The company said the robotaxi trip marks the first time that a vehicle designed without human controls has carried passengers on a public road.
"Zoox's driverless testing permit, which it has held since September 2020, was extended by California to include the purpose-built robotaxi. To date, Zoox's public-road testing has been limited to a fleet of retrofitted gas-powered cars that carry sensors powering the self-driving technology."