Zoox chose his new CEO after the unexpected dismissal of co-founder and former CEO Tim Kentley-Klay in August. According to Zoox co-founder and chief technology officer Jesse Levinson, he and the board were convinced that "to move to the next step and to change society, we thought finding someone with experience in management and operations would be helpful to the company, "he told TechCrunch.
That's where Aicha Evans intervenes (pictured above). Evans is currently the former head of Intel's strategy. He will join Zoox as CEO and board member on February 26th.
"I'm thrilled to join Zoox and challenge the status quo with an autonomous mobility system built from the ground up," Evans said in a press release. "Mobility is approaching a major inflection point, and Zoox has differentiated itself from other well-established players as the only company to create a solution specifically designed to meet the needs of a business." totally autonomous future. I look forward to helping the company's exceptionally talented team continue to grow as we move to new technical and commercial milestones. "
Evans spent 12 years at Intel, where she was responsible for the transition from a PC-centric enterprise to a data-centric enterprise. She also held the position of General Manager in the Communications and Appliances Group.
According to Mr. Levinson, finding a person with creativity and leadership to guide Zoox in his next step was a difficult and complex task. That's why the company was excited when it found Evans, who has management experience with an engineering team of 7,000 people.
Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission granted Zoox a license to participate in the state's pilot project on autonomous passenger vehicles. During the trial period, Zoox must have a driver safe driving and will not be allowed to charge passengers for trips. And, as part of the program, Zoox must provide data and reports to the CPUC regarding any incident, the number of passenger kilometers traveled and the passenger safety protocols.
"We have not yet publicly announced passenger service, but this allows us, during the development phase, to offer trips to non-Zoox employees," Levinson said. "We wanted to do this for quite some time now, so I'm really proud of our regulatory team for working with the CPUC."
Zoox's long-term plan is to publicly deploy self-driving vehicles by 2020 as its own help desk. The cars themselves will be fully electric and fully autonomous.
Although Zoox is currently licensed to use Level 3 vehicles with passengers, it will require additional approval from the CPUC to be able to use its Level 5 vehicles without a safety driver on board.
To date, Zoox has raised more than $ 750 million in venture capital funds.