Waymo Partners with Jaguar for Autonomous Fleet with 20000 All-Electric SUVs

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Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo announced a long-term strategic partnership under which the two companies will develop premium self-driving electric vehicles for Waymo's driverless transportation service.

He added, "To serve the billion trips that occur on a typical day in the USA, they'd need about 35 million vehicles".

Waymo now tests its self-driving system on Chrysler Pacifica minivans built by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Under the terms of the deal, the cars will begin testing this year, including capturing real-world data.

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The company's first full-electric SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, was launched earlier this month and highlights the firm's commitment to investing heavily to become the leaders in autonomous, connected, and future electrified technologies. 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.

"Our model at Waymo isn't to be a auto company", Krafcik said during a question-and-answer session. Waymo is the only company to date that has a fleet of fully self-driving cars - with no one in the front seat - on public roads. But that legislation is on hold amid questions over the safety of self-driving vehicles following the March 18 death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving Uber test vehicle in Arizona.

Arizona's governor suspended testing by Uber on Monday.

Jaguar Land Rover plans to start delivering the vehicles in 2020.

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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.

A Jaguar I-PACE self-driving auto. It will then expand to other cities over the next two years, the company said Tuesday at an announcement event in New York City's Chelsea Piers. "That's the world we're building".

A pilot version of its ride-sharing service has been in operation for more than a year around Phoenix, initially using vehicles with back-up drivers onboard ready to take control in an emergency. The Detroit automaker wants USA regulators to approve the use of self-driving cars without human controls for use next year in ride-sharing fleets.

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