Waymo and Jaguar to build a fleet of all-electric self-driving cars

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

Waymo, a division of Google's parent company Alphabet that has been working on self-driving technology, will launch its ride-hailing network of self-driving cars in Phoenix sometime this year.

Krafcik's announcements Tuesday came shortly after Arizona Gov. Dave Ducey suspended Uber from testing self-driving cars on the state's roads for the foreseeable future.

The collaboration is estimated to be able to facilitate one million trips per day. It has also revealed plans for a self-driving ride-hailing service, unveiled a self-driving minivan, and earlier this month announced it was piloting self-driving cargo trucks for Google's Atlanta datacenters. I don't mind, as I rather drive a Jaguar I-Pace myself and not let the computer have that pleasure.

This year, Waymo will build out and begin testing self-driving I-Pace cars, but those vehicles won't become part of its fleet until 2020.

This will be the sixth type of vehicle Waymo has added its self-driving technology to.

Meanwhile Waymo is testing its connected cars in locations across the U.S., including Detroit, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; and Austin, Texas. The two companies said they've agreed to work together on a huge fleet of electric SUVs fitted with Waymo's self-driving technology. The high-end SUVs will operate alongside the company's existing self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans and Lexus 450h SUVs.




Waymo's Jaguar I-Pace self-driving auto. In addition, Waymo filed a lawsuit against Uber past year over the theft of trade secrets related to self-driving technology.

When asked about the accident during the press conference, Waymo CEO John Krafcik noted Waymo's extensive testing, saying that consumer confidence is paramount for autonomous cars to be successful.

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover are partnering to create a new fleet of all-electric, self-driving vehicles.

Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth said the company had been approached by Waymo about the project.

Krafcik also noted that Waymo is on the verge of "shifting focus from research and development to operations". A woman walking her bicycle across a road in Tempe, Arizona, was struck and killed by an autonomous SUV being tested by the ride-sharing company Uber. Recently, General Motors announced it would test autonomous vehicles, potentially setting up a showdown with Waymo for driverless taxis. "That's the world we're building", the company said.

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