LAST UPDATED: June 28, 2020, 011:00 a.m. EST: On late Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted a tweet where he labeled Jeff Bezos a copycat after Amazon acquires Zoox. Amazon Recently acquired Zoox, a self-driving-car startup in more than $1.2 billion. Zoox was developing an autonomous vehicle for a ride-hailing service that people would request on their phones. Elon Musk’s Tesla is also doing the same with several of their projects. Tesla wants to dominate the autonomous car industry.
This is not the first time, Elon Must took a jibe at Jeff Bezos. Earlier this month, Elon Musk also slammed Blue Origin and Amazon Founder Bezos, saying it is time to break up the e-commerce giant and end their monopoly.
Oh fuck me. I can’t believe it. They censored it. pic.twitter.com/GfPEr7OiV2
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) June 4, 2020
Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 4, 2020
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 26, 2020
In the tweet, Elon uses a “Cat emoji” after writing Copy.
Amazon was reportedly in talks with zoom for the settlement of the deal. On Friday, Amazon finally announced the deal of acquiring Zoox in $1.2 billion. Tesla and zoom are seen as competitors in autonomous car research and development. Last year, Elon Musk said that Tesla would be able to produce driverless cars before mid-2020. The car will be fully operational with no human interaction.
While answering, Zoox co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Jesse Levinson said there is no chance of fulfilling the tesla’s claim.
They don’t have enough sensors or computers to do that given any remotely known technology that exists that humans have ever created, “they’re great cars” and that the Tesla Autopilot system “on the freeway is, I think, the best out there … I think if he focused on that aspect it would be better received — Said Jesse Levinson
Zoox’s most recent valuation was almost $3.2 billion but they got badly affected due to COVID-19 and laid off 120 employees in April. The company was also struggling to raise capital from different sources.