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Jaguar and Waymo team in robo-taxi deal

Vehicles will be available for riders of Waymo’s driverless service, serving a potential one million trips per day

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I-Pace will be the first premium self-driving electric vehicle in Waymo's fleet
I-Pace will be the first premium self-driving electric vehicle in Waymo's fleet

Jaguar Land Rover has secured a deal with Waymo (formerly Google self-driving car project) to provide up to 20,000 of its new I-Pace full-electric vehicles for Waymo’s ride-hailing service.

 

Together, the two companies plan to develop the world’s first premium self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo’s driverless transportation service. The first self-driving I-Pace tests will begin in 2018 with the aim of becoming part of Waymo’s driverless fleet from 2020.

 

According to the companies, the long-term strategic collaboration will further their shared goals of: making cars safer; freeing up people’s valuable time; and improving mobility for everyone.

 

“Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners,” said professor Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive officer, Jaguar Land Rover. “In joining forces with Waymo we are pioneering to push the boundaries of technology. Together we will deliver the self-driving Waymo Jaguar I-Pace with the grace, space and eco-pace that customers expect.”

 

Waymo claims it is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars -- with no one in the front seat -- on public roads. Later this year Waymo plans to introduce the world’s first self-driving transportation service, starting in Phoenix, Arizona, allowing members of the public to use Waymo’s app to request a vehicle.

 

Launched earlier in March, the I-Pace is Jaguar’s first full-electric SUV. Equipped with Waymo’s self-driving technology, they will start testing later this year.

 

On-road testing and capturing real-world data will allow Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover engineers to refine technology and deliver optimum safety and reliability. Up to 20,000 I-Pace vehicles will be built in the first two years of production and be available for riders of Waymo’s driverless service, serving a potential one million trips per day, the company claims.

 

“While we’ve been focused at Waymo on building the world’s most experienced driver, the team at Jaguar Land Rover has developed an all-new battery-electric platform that looks to set a new standard in safety, design and capability,” added John Krafcik, chief executive officer, Waymo.

 

“We’re sure Waymo riders will enjoy the safe, premium and delightful experience that the self-driving I-Pace will provide.”

 

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