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Meet our newest self-driving vehicle: the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE

Waymo to create luxury, self-driving electric car with Jaguar Waymo reveals special edition Jaguar I-PACE as self-driving cars go premium
Kelvin Reese | 28 March, 2018, 01:10

Waymo's newest addition to its self-driving fleet was revealed on Tuesday's livestream event, dubbed The Next Step in Self-Driving.

Krafcik said the 20,000 I-PACE SUVs will be capable of servicing up to 1 million trips in a single day. Waymo has already been testing its ride-hailing service in the Phoenix metro area since late previous year, through a program designed for residents (you need to apply online to become an "early rider"). 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 Senate is also trying to fast-track regulations, but even at a rapid pace by government standards, rules for self-driving vehicles are likely to develop more slowly than technology companies are accustomed to.

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. Engineers from both companies will work together to fit the electric SUVs with self-driving technology during construction rather than attempting to retrofit each vehicle after the fact. He said the company, which has been working on the technology for nine years, is confident that "what we're putting on the road is safe technology".

The partnership between Jaguar - owned by India's Tata Group, along with Land Rover - and Waymo is among the first instances of luxury brands combining with a tech company to push forward autonomous systems.

Jaguar and Waymo have announced a new partnership which will bring the I-Pace into the self-driving technology company's fleet.

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The self-driving I-Pace will join Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrids already operating, but Waymo are keen to get the I-Pace up and running to offer a "Premium" alternative to the Chrysler MPV.

At a press conference today in New York, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced the world's first premium electric self-driving vehicle.

Waymo's news comes after the first death caused by an autonomously-driven vehicle owned by Uber just nine days ago, in Tempe, Arizona.

It has been testing fully autonomous vehicles, requiring no human driver, in Arizona since 2017. "We want to build a self-driving vehicle for every passenger and every trip", said Krafcik at the unveiling event in NY.

Waymo says that safety is it's top priority and that its focus is building "the world's most experienced driver".

Uber first launched its self-driving auto program onto public roads in Pittsburgh back in September 2016.

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