‘We are having conversations’ with others at Amazon

Aicha Evans, CEO of Zoox, the autonomous automobile firm Amazon acquired in 2020, says she’s been informally assembly with different Amazon leaders in anticipation of potential collaborations, however she characterised her conversations as “discovery, nothing official.”

Talking at Quick Firm‘s Agenda 2022: Rethink, Reimagine, Reinvent occasion on Wednesday, Evans says the Zoox crew is singularly targeted on creating its “robotaxi,” a driverless automotive designed for ridesharing. However she and different senior leaders are additionally initiating preliminary discussions about methods Zoox may play into Amazon’s transportation ambitions. “A variety of us are inquisitive by nature at Zoox,” she says.  “We’ve got our ear up, and on occasion we meet folks from all completely different components of Amazon. We all know there will likely be a possibility down the highway to do extra.”

Along with its acquisition of Zoox, Amazon maintains an air community (Amazon Air), and is creating custom-made, three-wheeled cargo e-bikes for last-mile supply. It holds a 20% stake in Rivian, the electrical automobile firm that went public Wednesday.


Evans credit Amazon with serving to Zoox with its transformation from startup to a enterprise that’s looking for to scale. She additionally says she has develop into a fan of Amazon’s “six pager,” a written doc that executives use to current concepts as an alternative of Powerpoint shows. “It was awkward at the start,” she says, noting that the system “focuses the dialogue, and it actually makes certain everyone seems to be paying consideration.”

She is single-minded in her want to get Zoox autos on the highway. She says: “I hope I don’t annoy Zoox of us an excessive amount of, however I say on a regular basis in weekly all-hands [meetings and] in management conferences: ‘We are not a science undertaking.’  We are utilizing science and know-how to get to market.”