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April 7, 2020—Zoox, a self-driving company that is said to be worth  over $3 billion, has laid off its contract workers during the COVID-19 virus pandemic, reported The Verge.

The company laid off its back-up drivers that ride around in the autonomous vehicles. About 120 people have been affected.

Zoox told workers that it would hire everyone back once the shelter-in-place orders were lifted, unless otherwise stated, according to the report.

Zoox appears to be the first AV operator to eliminate jobs during the viral outbreak. Most of the industry has temporarily halted operations in response to the pandemic.

Zoox is based in Foster City, Calif., and was founded in 2014. The company planned to unveil in 2020 a self-driving car that could travel in both forward and reverse directions.

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