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Amazon’s Zoox under investigation after two autonomous vehicles incidents

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  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a probe into Amazon-owned self-driving technology company Zoox. This follows two separate reports of the vehicles suddenly braking and causing motorcyclists to crash into their rear ends.

  • The vehicles, Toyota Highlander SUVs equipped with self-driving software, were operating in autonomous mode with a safety driver on board when the incidents occurred. 

  • The investigation will cover approximately 500 Zoox vehicles and focus on Zoox’s autonomous driving technology.

  • Analyst QuickTake: This isn't Zoox's first encounter with NHTSA. In March 2023, the agency also investigated the company's assertion that its driverless vehicles met federal safety standards without needing a government exemption.

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