Waymo & Jaguar Land Rover To Create Self-Driving Fleet

Waymo & Jaguar Land Rover To Create Self-Driving Fleet

Krafcik stated that the I-PACE would be a ideal addition to the company's current fleet of vehicles, describing the auto as the first premium all-electric fully self-driving auto, and a vehicle that "car lovers are looking for". Over the weekend, Krafcik said that Waymo's technology "would be able to handle situations like that one". Honda's vehicle lineup includes fuel cell and battery electric Clarity models, as well as conventional cars, SUVs, vans and a pickup truck.

Waymo Jaguar I-Pace cars equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology will start testing later this year. Those 20,000 vehicles, Krafcik said, could provide about a million trips a day.

Jaguar's I-PACE launched earlier this month.

The I-Pace is already breaking new ground for its maker, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) - it is the first full-electric vehicle from the company, which is owned by India's Tata Motors.

Currently, Waymo has Chrysler Pacifica minivans and prototype autonomous Lexus RX SUVs, but the RXs are being phased out and replaced with minivans.

While this service is rolling out later in 2018, it will likely be a very limited test case in a certain area.

The Jaguar deal will expand upon a fleet of self-driving cars that Waymo has been gradually building in partnership with Fiat Chrysler since 2015. The self-driving products of the future will be designed around passengers, not drivers.




The push comes as Waymo and automakers are heavily lobbying Congress to adopting sweeping legislation to speed the deployment of autonomous vehicles without human controls.

While last week's news focused entirely on the fatal crash of a Volvo converted by Uber to autonomous operation-apparently with Volvo's safety features switched off-carmakers and other companies continue to plan for expanded test fleets and limited trials of self-driving cars. "It's a real partnership", Krafcik said.

In the meantime, Uber has suspended its self-driving trials - and on Monday, Arizona revoked its licence to do so anyway.

Uber announced past year that it planned to buy up to 24,000 vehicles from Volvo, owned by China's Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd, in a non-exclusive deal from 2019 to 2021.

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.

"Jaguar-Land Rover is the ideal partner for Waymo".

Krafcik was extremely vague at the event when asked how many cities he'd like to see Waymo in in the next two years. He said the company plans a "gradual" safe approach to self-driving vehicles.

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