Jaguar’s I-PACE will join Waymo’s self-driving fleet of cars from 2020, as the driverless firm’s first premium electric SUV
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Waymo (formerly Google’s self-driving car project) have announced a long-term strategic partnership. Under the agreement, the two companies have said they will develop the world’s first “premium” self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo’s driverless transportation service.
Waymo Jaguar I-PACEs, equipped with Waymo’s self-driving technology, will start testing later this year, with on-road testing and capturing of real-world data allowing engineers to further refine the technology.
Up to 20,000 I-PACEs 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, Jaguar said.
The I-PACE was launched earlier this month and is the company’s first fully electric SUV. It features a 90kWh battery, capable of around 240 miles on a single charge.
Later this year Waymo will launch the world’s first self-driving transportation service allowing members of the public to use Waymo’s app to request a vehicle.
“With the Jaguar I-PACE we have a world-beating car that’s captured the imagination of customers around the world. Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners. 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,” says Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer.
Source: Jaguar Land Rover