Today, Elon Musk tweeted that Jeff Bezos is a “copycat” after he recently purchased a self-driving taxi firm, “Zoox”.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 26, 2020
Why does he claim this? Well back in May, I reported that autopilot was going to be more expensive. A reason for this is that customers could make $30,000 a year by using “Robotaxi”. Robotaxi would allow other people to use the car without the owner being there. It is a great investment for people who want to earn an extra buck and who have no trust issues.
For those who aren’t familiar, Zoox was founded in 2014 and is based in Foster City, California. According to Business Insider, Amazon was interested in buying Zoox in late May because the firm would help with deliveries and that Zoox vehicles would deliver packages directly to customers. The deal closed at $1.2 billion. Amazon’s Chief of Customer Division, Jeff Wilke, stated:
“Zoox is working to imagine, invent, and design a world-class autonomous ride-hailing experience. Like Amazon, Zoox is passionate about innovation and about its customers, and we’re excited to help the talented Zoox team to bring their vision to reality in the years ahead.”
Bloomberg reported that Morgan Stanley, an auto and transport analysts, estimated that this purchase will save Amazon $20 billion every year. This will help in reducing shipping expenses, which could climb up to $90 billion in the next couple of years.
This is not the first time Musk and Bezos have butted heads and it will not be the last. This is the third time this month that Musk has criticized Bezos and Amazon. According to The Daily Mail, Musk called for Amazon to break up because it is a monopoly to then criticize Amazon for removing the e-book, Unreported Truths of COVID-19 and The Lockdowns.