Jaguar Land Rover team up with Google to deliver 20000 driverless cars

29 March, 2018, 02:25 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • The Waymo-powered self-driving Jaguar I-PACE SUV

During a NY news conference, Waymo CEO John Krafcik revealed the Google spinoff will begin adding as many as 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace SUVs to its fleet, the battery-electric vehicles joining thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans Waymo had already committed to purchase. Both Uber and Lyft are trying to ward off Waymo by developing their own self-driving cars, even though they got a late start in autonomous technology.

Krafcik lauded the I-Pace's powerful battery, which Jaguar says is capable of 386 kilometres of range in the consumer version.

The full electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV, which launched earlier this month, will be fitted with Waymo's self-driving technology for real world on-road testing. It will be available to the public at the beginning of 2020 once testing is finalized.

Arizona's favorable weather conditions have made it an ideal location for companies to test self-driving vehicle services.

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"The ultimate goal: with Waymo as the driver, products tailored for every objective and every trip".

"Our ultimate goal is to provide a self-driving vehicle tailored to every trip and every objective", said CEO John Krafcik on stage today at New York's Chelsea Piers. In expanding its operations, Waymo emphasizes its safety record.

The Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV will be the sixth model in Waymo's fleet of self-driving vehicles. "That's the world we're building".

It also now employs Chrysler minivans in its self-driving tests in Phoenix. The Waymo executive very boldly assured everyone last week that he had "a lot of confidence" that his company's technology would've stopped before hitting her. Over the weekend, Krafcik said that Waymo's technology "would be able to handle situations like that one".

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While Uber's autonomous driving trials are understandably on hold for the moment, computers Waymo is moving right ahead with new partnership to advance the field.

Waymo has committed to launching the first fully-driverless taxi fleet - without a human safety driver - in Arizona by the end of 2018. The settlement ended with Waymo receiving $245 million in equity from Uber.

"Our model at Waymo isn't to be a auto company", Krafcik said during a question-and-answer session.

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