Waymo to create luxury, self-driving electric auto with Jaguar

28 March, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Natasha Holloway
  • Baby driver takes the Jaguar I-Pace for quick spin

The next self-driving vehicle in Waymo's fleet will be the new all-electric I-Pace crossover sport utility produced by Jaguar Land Rover.

The ride-hailing network of Waymo's autonomous vehicles will compete with Uber and Lyft, which are also working on developing their own self-driving technology.

JLR CEO Dr. Ralf Speth says for his company, it's "about providing the right mobility service at the right time", and that the self-driving auto is an issue of choice.

He also said that the Jaguar Land Rover model also has a bigger battery, allowing the vehicle to drive all day.

The vehicle, made in conjunction with Google's self-driving unit Waymo, will be tested on public roads this year. The I-PACE will be able to travel 240 miles on a single charge and accelerate from 0-60 mph in under five seconds.

The tie-up is just the latest in a series of partnerships and integration pacts between Waymo and other automakers. The long-term goal for Waymo remains safety, says Krafcik. Now Waymo has committed to developing 20,000 autonomous versions of the I-Pace over the next few years.

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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.

Earlier this year, Waymo ordered thousands of hybrid minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to be used in its driverless ride-hailing service in Phoenix.

Rather than outfitting a vehicle for self-driving technology, Waymo engineers collaborated with Jaguar's team throughout the I-Pace's development process. It is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance vehicle. The new Jaguar I-Pace is a hot ride that will give Google's Waymo much more prestige.

"It ended up being a really terrific next vehicle for us and fit one of the key aspects of our business plan", John Krafcik, Waymo's chief executive officer, said in an interview.

"At Waymo, we've been building the world's most experienced driver: a safe, skillful and savvy chauffeur that can take people and things from A to B at the push of a button", the company wrote.

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