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Zoox Expands Autonomous Vehicle Testing to Austin and Miami

by IAV Staff

Zoox is set to begin testing its autonomous vehicles in Austin, Texas, and Miami, Florida. This expansion marks the fourth and fifth public testing locations for the company, following San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle.

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New Testing Locations

Austin and Miami present diverse challenges with their unique driving environments, including varied traffic light configurations and weather conditions. The company will start with mapping missions followed by deploying a fleet of retrofitted Toyota Highlander test vehicles, equipped with safety drivers, in specific business and entertainment districts.

Ron Thaniel, Senior Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs at Zoox, stated: “We’re laying the foundations for our autonomous ride-hailing service in new cities across the US. Austin and Miami offer key learning opportunities that will support the continued growth and refinement of our testing and service.”

Testing and Expansion Strategy

Zoox plans to refine its autonomous driving capabilities by testing on pre-planned routes and randomly selected point-to-point routes within defined geofences. This methodical approach ensures the AI adapts to the unique conditions of each city. The insights gained will enhance the company’s overall performance in various urban environments.

Community Integration and Future Plans

Zoox emphasizes collaboration with local officials, regulators, and residents to ensure safe and seamless integration into the new cities. Although public rides in Austin and Miami are not yet available, Zoox remains committed to exploring these cities for future commercial operations. The first commercial markets are planned for Las Vegas and San Francisco.

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