Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo (formerly Google’s self-driving car project) have announced a long-term partnership that will see the two companies develop a premium self-driving electric vehicle to be used in Waymo’s driverless transportation service.
Waymo will add up to 20,000 Jaguar I-PACE vehicles to its fleet, equipped with its own self-driving technology. The first vehicle is set to begin testing later this year and join Waymo’s driverless service from 2020, when the companies estimate the self-driving vehicles could serve up to a million trips per day.
“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,” said Waymo CEO John Krafcik. “We’re sure Waymo riders will enjoy the safe, premium and delightful experience that the self-driving I-PACE will provide.”
“In joining forces with Waymo we are pioneering to push the boundaries of technology,” said Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover. “Together we will deliver the self-driving Waymo Jaguar I-PACE with the grace, space and eco-pace that customers expect.”