Should robotaxis drive backwards sometimes?
The unusual thing about the Zoox is it is symmetrical -- it drives the same forwards and backwards. Now it's finally out on public roads. That's a good time to discuss whether it would be good for other, traditionally designed robotaxis to drive backwards for short stretches to get out of tight spots, to turn around, and to quickly get out when they discover a fire crew that will otherwise break their widows. These issues are covered in my Forbes.com column today which goes into the why and the why not (freaking out the public.)