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Self-driving technology, like electric vehicles, is an emerging field. Work has started on connecting it with commercial transportation in all countries including America. Competition is more intense than among private firms entering this field. Now Zoox, a self-driving technology firm owned by Amazon.com Inc., has said that it is gearing up to launch its robotic taxi business. The company has said that its vehicle without pedals or steering wheel meets US federal regulations and is applying for a permit.

The company has said that its vehicle meets US federal regulations and is applying for a permit.

According to a Reuters report, the company wants to test-drive in California. Jesse Levison, Co-Founder, and Chief Technology Officer, Jux, said, “We have invested our extra time and resources into developing the vehicle. Jesse Levison has said that the current economic slowdown has not affected the company and Jux will increase its workforce to 2,000 this year, up from 1,400 at the beginning of the year.

The name of this vehicle is called VH6, in which 4 passengers can be seated. Two of these will be face-to-face. The layout of the vehicle is similar to that of the Cruise, which was unveiled in January last year.

The special thing is that Jux’s VH6 vehicle is manufactured in a factory in California, where Tesla cars are also manufactured. The company has said that dozens of its cars have been ready and several thousand vehicles can be manufactured in the existing factory.

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usually in the U.S. for a ‘discount’. Has applied to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Levinson said his company opted to self-certify according to federal motor vehicle safety standards. He said that this makes Jux vehicles responsible for the safety of the passengers. It is worth noting here that the number of vehicles can be limited if they are exempted from NHTSA. Compared to Jux, Cruise has applied for the exemption from NHTSA.

Levinson said the factory has produced dozens of VH6s and the current location can produce tens of thousands of vehicles.

He said that the current economic slowdown has not affected the company and Zoox will increase its employee number to 2,000 this year from 1,400 at the start of the year. Levison also said for now the company is focused on moving people, rather than packages, which is much more lucrative.

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“We can compete with, for example, Uber and Lyft and make money and be very cost competitive even in the early days of this technology,” he said.

Generally, self-driving tech companies with vehicles without a steering wheel or pedals have applied to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for an “exemption.” Levinson said Zoox chose instead to self-certify according to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, acknowledging this was a higher bar that makes Zoox liable for the safety of the vehicle.

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