Watch an Amazon-owned self-driving car seamlessly navigate six lanes of traffic in Las Vegas
Zooxtesting video shows how the company's driverless software navigates heavy urban traffic.
- The video shows how the company's software identifies obstacles and plots the car's path.
A video from Zoox, an Amazon-owned self-driving startup, shows how driverless technology has advanced to allow an autonomous vehicle to navigate through Las Vegas traffic.
The video shows the drive through the car's exterior cameras, as well through the software itself that identifies the traffic and plots the best course of action for the vehicle. In the video, the
What's more the video was taken in downtown Las Vegas - an area known for its traffic.
The animated depiction of the driving scene shows how the car detects hazards and roadblocks, as well as a safe following distance behind other cars on the road. Zoox uses a system of LIDAR and radar sensors, as well as four cameras that are mounted on all exterior corners of the vehicle. It says the system helps eliminate blind spots and gives a 270-degree view from each camera.
It's not the first time that Zoox has tested out its autonomous software in Las Vegas. Last year, the company ran an hour-long drive through the city to test out the software in as many complicated scenarios as possible via busy roads, as well as through dense areas where the car would learn to navigate around pedestrians and construction zones.
Zoox has been permitted to test its autonomous driving software with safety operators on public streets since 2016 and has been actively testing its product in Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Foster City.
The startup plans to offer driverless all-electric robotaxis in urban areas and just unveiled its first electric robotaxi in December. Amazon bought the company in 2020 for a reported $1.2 billion and Zoox has yet to reveal when it will launch its ride-hailing service. .
The startup is one of many racing to bring driverless cars to the public.
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