Waymo and JLR announce partnership; 20K vehicles to join Waymo’s fleet

  • Jaguar I-PACE will be the first premium self-driving electric vehicle in Waymo’s fleet
  • First Waymo self-driving I-PACE will start tests in 2018, and become part of Waymo’s driverless fleet from 2020
  • Up to 20,000 vehicles to join Waymo’s fleet in the first two years of production
  • Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo to explore other future collaborations

Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo announce a long-term strategic partnership. Together, the two companies will develop self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo’s driverless transportation service.

Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo (formerly Google self-driving car project) will work together to design and engineer self-driving Jaguar I-PACE vehicles. 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.

Waymo Jaguar I-PACEs, 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-PACEs will be built in the first two years of production and be available for riders of Waymo’s driverless service, serving a potential one million trips per day.

Waymo apparently is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars — with no one in the front seat — on public roads. Later this year Waymo will launch the world’s first self-driving transportation service allowing members of the public to use Waymo’s app to request a vehicle.

Source: JLR