I went out in search of Zoox’s “secret lair” the other day. I read an article in Forbes that gave me some clues where to look:
A block from San Francisco’s Embarcadero waterfront is a place you’re not supposed to notice. The little two-story building has no sign out front. Not even a street number affixed to its gray brick walls. Every window and door contains shaded glass, and a black, razor-wire-topped fence obscures its parking lot.
Hmmm, a block from San Francisco’s Embarcadero, a gray two story building with a black fence with razor wire…. could this be it?
I think the matte black Toyota Highlanders with Lidar racks might be a hint, don’t you?
Once I found Zoox’s hiding spot, it was like shooting ducks in a barrel or however that metaphor works.
Alphabet Waymo out in the ‘burbs they get some real world problems in an urban environment of San Francisco, like lots of double parked delivery vehicles.
I’m assuming the Lincoln MK Z I caught in my autonomous paparazzi sting was also from Zoox- but who knows. There aren’t many other self driving car projects in San Francisco.
Here are a few more stock photos from my library: