Waymo Adding Up to 20K Jaguar SUVs to Self-Driving Taxi Fleet

Waymo's buying up to 20,000 Jaguar I-PACE SUVs and outfitting them with its self-driving tech

Officially announced last month, the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE is the automaker's first entirely electric vehicle.

John Krafcik, CEO of the Google self-driving auto unit, said the company plans to add up to 20,000 all-electric, self-driving Jaguar I-Pace models to Waymo's fleet in the next few years for the company's transportation service, which is scheduled to launch this year in Phoenix.

Waymo and Jaguar have formed a partnership to bring autonomous cars to market in the near future.

The Jaguar I-Pace is expected to join Waymo's planned autonomous taxi fleet by 2020.

Waymo unveiled the vehicle, called the I-PACE, at a press event at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Now Waymo has committed to developing 20,000 autonomous versions of the I-Pace over the next few years.

The Jaguar I-PACE was launched earlier this month and is the company's first full-electric SUV. Priced to undercut the Tesla Model X, the regular I-PACE - that you need to drive yourself - combines 395 horsepower with rapid charging and an upscale interior.

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This is roughly equivalent to 70% of South Korea's annual export volume to the USA between 2015 and 2017. United States officials were most interested in the auto trade, he said.

Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo today announce a long-term strategic partnership. Mr. Speth said the company is confident the Waymo technology is safe.

This made MI the sixth state to allow Waymo to test its self-driving software on public roads.

Google's autonomous vehicle division Waymo is pressing ahead with its autonomous ride-sharing service in Arizona. On public roads, each vehicle will have a "highly-trained" driver inside. That means Waymo has abandoned its plans to build an automobile of its own and will focus on being a supplier of autonomous technology to the industry. But that legislation is on hold amid questions over the safety of self-driving vehicles following the March 18 death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving Uber test vehicle in Arizona. In our view, it's the world's longest ongoing driving test. On the inside of the vehicle, the driver is shown with their head down until the moment they realized the vehicle they were behind the wheel of was about to strike someone. AZCentral reports the woman was homeless and died from her injuries at a nearby hospital.

A week after the incident, Uber suspended all of its autonomous vehicle testing operations.

Later this year, Waymo said it would launch an app for self-driving taxis that can be hailed by the public, but it's unclear where those cars would be or how many of those cars would be on the road.

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