The carriage also has some unique safety features to go along with its unconventional design, including an airbag system specially built for its bi-directional design. Zoox says that all four seats get the equivalent of five-star crash safety protection. Meanwhile, the camera, LIDAR and radar system provides a 270-degree field of view from all four corners of the robotaxi, which basically eliminates blind spots.
Zoox says it is already testing its new robotaxis in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Foster City, CA, though it’s not clear if you can actually grab a ride from one yet. According to Bloomberg, the company plans to launch an app-based ride service along the lines of Uber and Lyft, but the company said it wouldn’t have a commercial launch in 2021.