Waymo Adding Up to 20K Jaguar SUVs to Self-Driving Taxi Fleet

Waymo to create luxury, self-driving electric car with Jaguar

If driverless cars are the future, the future may have come another step closer to reality on Tuesday.

The collaboration is estimated to be able to facilitate one million trips per day. The company has plans to roll out a ride service to the public in the Phoenix area in the coming months, with plans to later launch it more widely. Previously using Chrysler's Pacifica people-carrier and Google's pod auto - dubbed the "clown car" by some - and even a giant Peterbilt truck, the addition of the I-Pace is a crucial step forward both for Waymo but even more so for Jaguar, as it becomes the first established OEM to take the EV fight to Tesla and take the high ground as a whole new model of personal mobility established itself.

The I-PACE has been developed with Panasonic Jaguar Racing's FIA Formula E Championship expertise, and Jaguar has now created the world's first production battery electric vehicle race series with a circuit-ready version of the I-PACE.

This made MI the sixth state to allow Waymo to test its self-driving software on public roads.

Meanwhile Waymo is testing its connected cars in locations across the U.S., including Detroit, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; and Austin, Texas.

In its previous tests, Waymo used Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans outfitted with sensors.


Importantly, Waymo's autonomous driving technology will be built into the I-Paces at the factory in Graz, Austria, rather than being added after the fact by Waymo in the US. Jaguar expects to supply up to 20,000 I-Pace vehicles to Waymo over the next few years.

Waymo has teamed up with Jaguar for its next robotaxi.

The announcement was made ahead of the 2018 NY auto show, and signaled Waymo's broader interest in more automakers beyond past partners.

In a safety report, Waymo details the procedures behind each of its different tests for its technology.

First Waymo self-driving I-Pace will start tests in 2018, and become part of Waymo's driverless fleet from 2020. The company also said it's working with Lyft on autonomous-driving technology and will offer vehicles for rent to the San Francisco-based startup's drivers. Uber immediately suspended testing of self-driving cars on public roads across North America. Speth says his company is already getting strong interest in the I-Pace from interested customers.

To date, Waymo is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars - with no one in the front seat - on public roads.

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