Zoox co-founders Tim Kentley-Klay (l.) and Jesse Levinson, at The Information's autonomous vehicles summit on Thursday. Photo: Erin Beach for The Information
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Autonomous Vehicles Should Be Built From Scratch, Says Zoox CEO

By  |  June 14, 2018 1:15 PM PDT
Photo: Zoox co-founders Tim Kentley-Klay (l.) and Jesse Levinson, at The Information's autonomous vehicles summit on Thursday. Photo: Erin Beach for The Information

Self-driving vehicles are such a radical shift for the transportation industry that it is critical to build new cars from the ground up to take advantage of the technology, the head of Zoox, a startup that is doing just that, said on Thursday.

Tim Kentley-Klay, the co-founder and CEO of Zoox, said in an on-stage interview at The Information’s autonomous vehicle summit in San Francisco that the company is placing an “unapologetic bet” on building its own custom hardware and software in-house for self-driving cars. Zoox plans to roll out its own autonomous vehicles in 2020 and use them to launch a ride-hailing service.

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