Since its founding six years ago, self-driving startup Zoox has devoted its efforts exclusively to creating a brand-new, bespoke people mover. But amid the current pandemic, the company has explored the possibility of using its prototypes for package deliveries.
“This gave us the opportunity to think about moving beyond people,” CEO Aicha Evans said Tuesday. “In times of an emergency like this, we’re helping the health sector, and cities and states, do essential services. We see this as an opportunity.”
Whether the exploration remains a short-term anomaly or evolves into part of the company’s overall strategy might hinge on the fate of Zoox itself.
Evans did not address reports of a prospective sale during an appearance Tuesday at the virtual EcoMotion mobility technology conference. But in recent weeks, multiple news outlets have reported the company has explored the possibility.
Given the capital-intensive challenges of developing self-driving technology and a car platform…