Jesse Levinson spent six years building a vehicle — don’t call it a car, just call it Zoox — before he decided to show it to anybody. The co-founder and CTO of Zoox has been working on autonomous transport for more than 15 years, and since 2014 has been designing and building a new kind of robotaxi designed for a driverless world. In December of 2020, Zoox finally revealed its first product, and Levinson said the company’s getting closer to letting regular people get inside.
Levinson joined the Source Code podcast to talk about the state of Zoox, and the autonomous vehicle industry as a whole. A few years ago, companies were making grand proclamations about the immediate future, but Levinson and Zoox are a bit more conservative in the short run. In the long run, though, they’re pretty sure autonomy will change everything.
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