Amazon-owned autonomous mobility company Zoox has unveiled its fully functional electric autonomous purpose-built robotaxi.

The company said that its new robotaxi has been designed for operations in dense, urban environments and can drive up to speeds of 75mph.

Zoox CEO Aicha Evans said: “Revealing our functioning and driving vehicle is an exciting milestone in our company’s history and marks an important step on our journey towards deploying an autonomous ride-hailing service.

“We are transforming the rider experience to provide superior mobility-as-a-service for cities. And as we see the alarming statistics around carbon emissions and traffic accidents, it’s more important than ever that we build a sustainable, safe solution that allows riders to get from point A to point B.”

In developing its new robotaxi, Zoox is said to have combined artificial intelligence, robotics, vehicle design, and sustainable energy.

Zoox said that its robotaxi can move in either direction with four-wheel steering to manoeuvre through compact spaces. It can also change directions without reversing.

With a length of 3.63m, the vehicle can accommodate up to four passengers.

It is equipped with a 133kWh battery and can operate for up to 16 continuous hours on a single charge.

The company said that its robotaxi is equipped with cameras, radar, and LIDAR for a 270º field of view.

Zoox chief technology officer and co-founder Jesse Levinson said: “Safety is the foundation of everything we do.

“Building a vehicle from the ground-up has given us the opportunity to reimagine passenger safety, shifting from reactive to proactive measures.

“These include new safety features such as our airbag design, redundant hardware throughout the vehicle, a unique sensor architecture, and a custom AI stack that detects and mitigates potential risks.

“Our vehicle has passed key FMVSS crash tests, and we are continuing to look for new, innovative ways to protect our riders and others on the road.”