Amazon is trying to buy Zoox for less than $3.2B;
Zoox has been working to develop a new type of driverless vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals.
Vehicle also has a ride-hailing system of electric-powered autonomous cars that can be summoned by a smartphone app
Parties are working with investment bank Qatalyst Partners on a possible sale;
Zoox was in advanced discussions with several potential strategic investors.
Includes several major automakers; Partnered with Toyota on an autonomous minivan.
Amazon also has expanded trials for its small, electric autonomous device Amazon Scout.
Scout runs on 6 wheels & are about the size of a cooler, have safely and autonomously navigated neighborhood obstacles.
Amazon has shown an interest in using driverless-vehicle technology to transport its goods
Most recently was a major investor in autonomous-technology firm Aurora Innovation Inc.’s $530 M funding round per WSJ.
The company is led by former Intel Chief Strategy Officer Aicha Evans