Amazon’s driverless ambition delivers the next Musk-Bezos feud


Amazon’s driverless ambition delivers the next Musk-Bezos feud

But the giant’s $1.2bn deal for self-driving start-up Zoox does more than simply extend its Tesla rivalry

Olivia Rudgard and Laurence Dodds

What should you do when you are courted by two of the world’s richest men who both want the same rocket launchpad?

This was the dilemma faced by Nasa in 2013 when one of its space shuttle sites in Cape Canaveral, Florida, became the focus of a prolonged dispute between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

Launch Pad 39A was costing the US space agency about $100,000 per month. Both moguls wanted the lease for their rival space companies SpaceX and BlueOrigin. They waged a brief war of lobbying and insults before Musk won out. That feud helps explain why Musk responded to Bezos’s $1.2bn (R20bn) takeover of the self-driving car start-up Zoox last month by publicly calling him a “copycat”...

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