Monday, 23 July, 2018

Waymo selects all-electric Jaguar I-PACE for its self-driving ride service

Waymo to create luxury, self-driving electric car with Jaguar Waymo reveals special edition Jaguar I-PACE as self-driving cars go premium
Jodi Jackson | 29 March, 2018, 02:21

"You will see increasing diversity in our fleet mix as we go forward", Waymo Chief Executive John Krafcik told Reuters on Tuesday.

Waymo plans to outfit 20,000 units to be used for Waymo's public self-driving service over the next few years, which will allow the service to offer 1 million rides per day.

The new vehicle is the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV, which was first unveiled as a concept in November 2016.

Given Waymo's recent announcement with another on the way according to Krafcik, it's clear that the company hasn't let the trade dispute stop them. Last year, the British firm began testing a number of cars fitted with driverless technology in its home city of Coventry - a first in the UK.

It also now employs Chrysler minivans in its self-driving tests in Phoenix. This hardware will work hand-in-hand with Waymo's AI-powered software, which will enable the vehicles to pick up and drop off passengers in selected areas without a human driver.

Waymo's Arizona debut comes amid the recent news that an Arizona woman was struck and killed by a self-driving auto operated by Waymo's rival Uber.

Waymo is still planning on launching a commercial fully-autonomous ride-sharing service by the end of the year.

A Jaguar I-PACE self-driving vehicle.

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 plans to launch the world's first self-driving vehicle service that users can hail with an app.

The incident is under investigation by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Tempe police, and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suspended Uber's permission to test autonomous vehicles in the state at all.

The commitment, announced Tuesday during a NY event that was also webcast, marks another step in Waymo's evolution from a secret project started in Google nine years ago to a spin-off that's gearing up for an audacious attempt to reshape the transportation business.

General Motors North America President Alan Batey told reporters in Monday in NY that the automaker's "development process will continue". Consumers will be able to request rides using a smartphone app.

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