Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo (formerly Google self-driving car project) announced a long-term strategic partnership. Together, the two companies will develop the self-driving Jaguar I-Pace, the world’s first premium self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo’s driverless transportation service.
Waymo Jaguar I-Pace vehicles, equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology, will start testing later this year. On-road testing and capturing real-world data will allow Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover engineers to refine technology and deliver optimum safety and reliability. Up to 20,000 I-Pace vehicles will be built in the first two years of production and be available for riders of Waymo’s driverless service by 2020, serving a potential one million trips per day.
The Jaguar I-Pace was launched earlier this month and is Jaguar’s first full-electric SUV, new from the ground up.
To date, Waymo is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars—with no one in the front seat—on public roads. The company currently tests its autonomous vehicle (AV) technology on Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Later this year, Waymo plans to launch, in Phoenix, the world’s first self-driving transportation service, allowing members of the public to use Waymo’s app to request a vehicle.
Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive officer, noted, “With the Jaguar I-Pace we have a world-beating car that’s captured the imagination of customers around the world. Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners. In joining forces with Waymo, we are pioneering to push the boundaries of technology. Together we will deliver the self-driving Waymo Jaguar I-Pace with the grace, space, and eco-pace that customers expect.
John Krafcik, Waymo chief executive officer, added, “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. We're sure Waymo riders will enjoy the safe, premium, and delightful experience that the self-driving I-Pace will provide.
The Waymo Jaguar I-Pace will be shown at the New York International Auto Show from Mar. 30 to April 8.