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Waymo, Jaguar Land Rover partner on all-electric, self-driving fleet

Waymo, Jaguar Land Rover partner on all-electric, self-driving fleet

As Waymo described in a piece on Medium, the I-Pace is ideal for families who prioritize safety as well as single-person users who want a sleek ride. Even more heartfelt thanks to ensue, we'd imagine.

Waymo says the four-door Jaguar cars, which are being shown at New York's International Auto Show this week, will hit the road later this year in Phoenix, Arizona, where it will coincide with the launch of Waymo's self-driving vehicle service.

Currently, Waymo has Chrysler Pacifica minivans and prototype autonomous Lexus RX SUVs, but the RXs are being phased out and replaced with minivans.

The Jaguar deal will expand upon a fleet of self-driving cars that Waymo has been gradually building in partnership with Fiat Chrysler since 2015. "We want to build a self-driving vehicle for every passenger and every trip", said Krafcik at the unveiling event in NY.

Boasting 294kW and 696Nm from its twin electric motors, the I-PACE takes just 4.8 seconds to reach 100km/h. Krafcik said the autonomous taxi service will operate within a set area of approximately 100 square miles in the Phoenix area.

In September, Bloomberg reported that Jaguar Land Rover was weighing purchases of technology companies that could boost its efforts to roll out electric vehicles and autonomous driving systems. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. "Our model at Waymo isn't to be a vehicle company".

Krafcik also noted that Waymo is on the verge of "shifting focus from research and development to operations".

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Waymo, named for a new way forward in mobility, was formerly the Google self-driving auto project. "While the technology will be Waymo's, the image will be largely Jaguar". When asked how many cities Waymo would extend its service to in the next two to three years, Krafcik said "more". Witness, therefore, the news today that Waymo and Jaguar will collaborate to turn the new I-PACE all-electric SUV into the latest self-driving chariot.

The companies said the tie-up will tap into their shared goals of making cars safer, freeing up time for people, and improving mobility for everyone.

Waymo's safety records on the road come from extensive testing on both the real and virtual world. That next step is a sixth autonomous vehicle from Waymo, an electric Jaguar I-Pace, that will go into service later this year. It's now only open to "Early Riders", who have been testing it for months. It is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance vehicle. Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said in a statement.

Waymo has been working on self-driving cars since 2009 and has driven more than eight million kilometres on public roads.

The starting price of a normal-driving Jaguar I-Pace is $70,000. Waymo and others might be experimenting with taxi-replacement schemes right now, but early adopters of self-driving technology are nearly certain to be well-heeled and status motivated when the free betas are through and suddenly we have to start paying for such services. Testing of the self-driving cars will begin later this year.

Waymo, previously Google's self-driving vehicle project, is going "Premium" as it teams up with Jaguar Land Rover to add "Premium" cars to its fleet, starting with a self-driving Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV.

The I-PACE will be equipped with Waymo's self-driving tech.