28.3.2018Jaguar I-Pace to enter service on Waymo's self-driving fleet
Jaguar is teaming up with driverless transport service Waymo to make the I-Pace the world's first premium electric self-driving car.
Announced at the New York Auto Show, Jaguar's new EV will enter Waymo testing later this year, and become part of the service's fleet from 2020. Up to 20,000 I-Pace's are set to head to Waymo in the first two years of production, with potential to cover one million trips per day.
Formerly Google's self-driving car project, Waymo plans to launch a self-driving transportation service later this year, with members of the public able to request a vehicle via an app.
Although autonomous driving is still very much in its infancy, Jaguar Land Rover is already testing autonomous and connected car systems in the UK as part of trials in the Midlands. When Waymo's Jaguar I-Pace is launched in the UK is not clear, but will require changes to legislation for a completely driverless vehicle to be allowed to travel freely on open roads.
Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO said: "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."
John Krafcik, Waymo CEO said: "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. We're sure Waymo riders will enjoy the safe, premium and delightful experience that the self-driving I-Pace will provide."