Zoox unveils close-up of its autonomous robotic axi – businesstraverse.com

Zoox shared a close-up of its commercial electric robotic axi at the businesstraverse.com Mobility 2022 conference in San Mateo, California on Wednesday.

The Amazon subsidiary’s fully autonomous vehicle features a white, cube-like body with large black sliding doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, beam-shaping speakers to send audio alerts to distracted pedestrians, and a 60-watt USB-C port with enough power to charge a 15-inch drive. inch MacBook to charge.

The slim, square silhouette lacks a front and back. Instead, the two-way robot axi is symmetrical, sharing the same angled face with cameras, lights, speakers, and a large window on either side. “Internally, we call it a north side and a south side,” said Zoox co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson during an onstage interview.

Zoox autonomous driving vehicle

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The design features a sensor pod on top of each corner of the robot axle, allowing the vehicle to see in all directions. The corner architecture helps “basically see everything, including things behind things”.

“The shape of the vehicle is perfect for autonomous driving because each of those sensor pods has a 270-degree field of view,” Levinson said. “Because there’s one on every corner, not only can we see everything 360 degrees, but we also have an overlapping, redundant field of view that helps us see around things.”

The company unveiled the robotic axi in December 2020 on a closed track in San Francisco and has done everything it can to make it safe and legal on public roads. Levinson declined to give a timetable, but said the company is “very close”. Zoox is already testing the vehicle on closed roads in Seattle, Las Vegas and Foster City, California.

The sliding doors create a wide opening that opens onto a low floor, making it easy for passengers to get in and out. Each side shows a strip of speakers above the headlights. The beam-shaping speakers can shoot sound in any direction with a directional focus, alerting specific distracted pedestrians with a ping more polite than a horn, Levinson said.

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

Each of the four seats has a seven-inch screen, similar to an iPhone. The simple interface allows passengers to control the vehicle’s four-zone climate control, check the route and switch music.

The simplicity is designed to reduce visual stimuli. “It’s not about super fancy 3D gaming,” Levinson said. “We’re not bombarding you with similar screens and ads everywhere.”

The passenger experience “is actually pretty boring after 30 seconds,” he added, “but that’s a good thing, because people just want to get on with their lives, have a conversation, read a book, play with their iPhone or whatever they want. want to do.”

Each seat also comes with a wireless charging pad and a 60-watt USB-C port.

The ceiling features a precise light grid that Zoox calls a “celestial headlining,” modeled after Rolls-Royce’s five-figure starry sky.

“It’s kind of our prestige feature,” Levinson said. “If we ever have to build a cheaper version, that’s probably the first thing we should do.”