Waymo and Jaguar to build a fleet of all-electric self-driving cars

28 March, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Luis Fowler
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Waymo is also adding a second vehicle to its autonomous fleet; thousands of Jaguar I-PACE electric SUVs will be joining the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans that are already cruising the streets in the Phoenix area. Together, the two companies will develop the world's first premium self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo's driverless transportation service.

"It's the self-driving vehicle that car lovers have been waiting for", Waymo's CEO John Krafcik said, in a reveal this morning in Manhattan, ahead of the NY auto show.

The Alphabet-owned company is planning to add 20,000 of the luxury SUVs outfitted with its class-leading self-driving auto technology within the next two years.

Waymo Jaguar I-PACE vehicles, equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology, will start testing later this year. He highlighted Waymo's efforts in ride-hailing, logistics, personal use, and connecting people to public transit.

The company started testing its self-driving minivans on public roads in Novi, Michigan in late 2017. "Our model at Waymo isn't to be a vehicle company".

The all-electric I-Pace SUV will begin testing this year before deploying in 2020.

MI and Arizona share very similar laws when it comes to testing self-driving cars while California requires a $5 million insurance plan, and that the company must report any crashes within 10 days in addition to an annual report detailing the company's test drivers' training.

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Jaguar CEO Ralf Speth said he'd already "ringfenced" the 20,000 models of the I-Pace for Waymo.The vehicle will go on sale to the general public in the United States towards the end of this year.

The company has said its focus is developing and deploying driverless technology, rather than becoming an automaker.

Last year, the company's vehicles drove 2 million autonomous miles across 25 USA cities - putting its total autonomous miles at 4 million.

They will be made available for riders of Waymo's driverless service, with the firms saying this could amount to 1m trips a day for the cars.

The new Jaguar I-PACE will be outfitted with Waymo's self-driving technology.

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The announcement occurred a day before two media preview days at the NY auto show.

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