Jaguar signed an eight-year partnership with Google's self-driving vehicle company, worth £1billion. The Alphabet company's autonomous transportation service is due to launch in 2018, though it's expected to take until 2020 for the Jaguar to join the fleet in earnest. Waymo will continue to use its 600 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids until then, and the I-Pace will act as a more premium option down the line. Recently, General Motors announced it would test autonomous vehicles, potentially setting up a showdown with Waymo for driverless taxis.
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As Waymo described in a piece on Medium, the I-Pace is flawless for families who prioritize safety as well as single-person users who want a sleek ride.
The ride-hailing network will first cover a 100-square-mile area in Phoenix, before expanding up to 600 square miles. "Our technology has gone through what we regard as the toughest driving test in the world".
Meanwhile Waymo is testing its connected cars in locations across the USA, including Detroit, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; and Austin, Texas.
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"Our cars have covered five million autonomous miles on roads in 25 different American cities", he says. The SUVs will be earmarked for Waymo's autonomous taxi service, and the two companies estimate that they could handle up to 1 million trips daily once they're on the road. Officials from Jaguar and Waymo didn't detail whether it would be an opt-in program, like Waymo's "Early Rider" program, or if it would be open to the public.
Jaguar's first ever electric auto is created to compete with the Tesla Model X and will travel from Brighton to Lands End on a single charge.
United Kingdom -based Jaguar Land Rover unveiled its first pure electric vehicle (EV), the I-Pace, back in 2016, though the vehicle's not scheduled to go to market until later this year. This long-term strategic collaboration will further Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover's shared goals: to make cars safer, free up people's valuable time and improve mobility for everyone.
The Senate is also trying to fast-track regulations, but even at a rapid pace by government standards, rules for self-driving vehicles are likely to develop more slowly than technology companies are accustomed to. It's now only open to "Early Riders", who have been testing it for months.