Amazon’s Zoox division is testing robot taxis on the streets of a Californian city

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NEW YORK (AP) — Zoox, a self-driving car company owned by Amazonclaims to be successfully transporting passengers on public roads, a development that helps the California-based company inch closer to bringing the car to the general public.

Over the weekend, the company conducted the first launch of its four-seater “robotaxis” with employees on board, the Amazon subsidiary said.

The vehicle, which has no steering wheel or pedals, made a mile-long run between two Zoox buildings at the company’s headquarters in Foster City, California. The carriage-style interior of the car has two benches facing each other. It’s just under 12 feet long, about a foot shorter than a standard Mini Cooper, and can go up to 35 mph.

Zoox, which was founded in 2014 and acquired by Seattle-based Amazon six years later, says its car can navigate roads and avoid collisions. Before last week’s test, the company said it had completed testing on private roads and received the necessary permits from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Once the test is complete, Zoox says it plans to launch the shuttle exclusively for its employees.

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