Waymo, Jaguar partner to build 20000 electric autonomous cars

Anna Jefferson
March 28, 2018

Following the recent death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle, the governor of Arizona ordered Uber to stop operating autonomous cars in the state. "While the technology will be Waymo's, the image will be largely Jaguar". Even more heartfelt thanks to ensue, we'd imagine. Waymo has confirmed plans to buy up to 20,000 I-Pace electric cars, with the aim of delivering one million rides per day in its driverless cars by 2020.

Executives for Waymo spoke on various topics related to autonomous driving an event where they made the joint announcement about the I-PACE SUVs with Jaguar executives. "That's the world we're building", the company said. Waymo, the former Google Self-Driving Car Project, already has a fleet of autonomous Pacifica minivans racking up the miles. Uber has been testing its self-driving tech using Volvo SUVS, one of which was involved in a fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona on March 18.

Waymo, which has racked up the most autonomous test miles on roads, is eager to work with more vehicle companies to bolster its lead as it prepares to launch a commercial ride-hailing service. "Reaching that goal starts with partnerships with innovative automakers and OEMs, like Jaguar Land Rover".

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Waymo has committed to launching the first fully-driverless taxi fleet - without a human safety driver - in Arizona by the end of 2018.

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.

As we noted in a previous report, Waymo and GM recently topped Navigant's list of companies who are participating in the self-driving race.

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The Coventry-based auto company has agreed a partnership to provide its first ever electric vehicle, the I-Pace, to Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle arm. The first fleet of Jaguar I-PACE EVs will be darting around a 100 square miles segment of the Phoenix metropolitan area. It is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance vehicle.

The company started testing its self-driving minivans on public roads in Novi, Michigan in late 2017. "Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners", Prof.

This is the first partof what Waymo CEO John Krafcik calleda "longterm partnership" with Jaguar.

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Jaguar's all-electric I-Pace has been billed as a rival to Tesla's Model X. But it has one big thing missing from its arsenal: the ability to drive autonomously.

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