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Elon Musk calls Jeff Bezos a 'copy cat' after Amazon acquires a self-driving startup for $1billion

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Elon Musk calls out Jeff Bezos for being a ‘copy cat’ on Twitter after Amazon acquires self-driving startup Zoox for $1billion

  • The comment is in reference to Musk’s ventures with Tesla’s self-driving cars 
  • Zoox, like Tesla, is focused on making self-driving cars and AI software 
  • Musk’s critical tweet is the second public swipe at Bezos this month 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is criticizing rivaling billionaire and Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, on Twitter after the e-tailing giant’s splashy acquisition of a self-driving startup.

In a tweet after the news, Musk called Bezos a ‘copy cat’ for Amazon’s decision to acquire Zoox, a self-driving technology company, for $1billion.

‘Jeff Bezos is a copy [cat emoji] haha,’ said Musk in the tweet which also linked a report from the Financial Times about Amazon’s acquisition of Zoox.

Musk’s critical tweet no doubt references the CEO’s own ventures with the electric vehicle company, Tesla,  which has been making its own self-driving vehicles and software for some time.  

In addition to developing self-driving technology, Zoox, much like Tesla, also develops its own vehicles and aims to use those autonomous cars to let people order driverless rides from their phones. 

As noted by TechCrunch, Zoox is building its autonomous vehicle from the ground-up, taking a ‘full-stack- approach by developing artificial intelligence and hardware to make a dedicated driverless car.

Amazon hasn’t said what its plans are for Zoox, but the company could help support Amazon’s logistics, helping with last-mile delivery of products bought through its platform or even helping deliver customers’ groceries through Whole Foods.

While Musk’s recent tweet is the latest flare up between the two billionaires, it’s not the first.

The two have also butted heads in separate aerospace ventures which have pitted Musks’s SpaceX against Bezos’ Blue Origin.

Musk (left) and Bezos (right) have been locked in a feud over rivaling ventures in the private aerospace industry

Both companies are vying for NASA contracts and are focused on building re-usable rockets that are designed to lower the cost and resources of space exploration. 

The tweet is also the second public example of Musk criticizing Bezos this month.

In early June, Musk called for Amazon to be ‘broken up’ on Twitter, saying that the e-tailing giant is a monopoly.   

Musk’s tweet proceeded Amazon’s decision to remove an e-book titled the ‘Unreported Truths About COVID-19 and The Lockdown.’

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