Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo announced long term partnership to design and engineer the world’s first premium self driving electric vehicle for Waymo’s driver less transportation service. Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo will work together on the recently launched Jaguar I-Pace to develop the autonomous vehicles. The first prototype Waymo Jaguar I-Pace with Waymo’s self-driving technology will hit the road by the end of 2018 for public testing. The company plan to build up to 2000 I-Pace in the first 2 years with a goal of serving 1 million trips per day.
Waymo has not clearly mentioned which city will be the first to get the service of I-Pace. Later by this year, Waymo is launching their first full electric driver-less commercial ride service for public. Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer said, “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.”
The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first full-electric SUV. When it displayed at Geneva auto show it was compared to Tesla’s Model X, with its roomy interior, luxury accents, and impressive-sounding range and horsepower. For Jaguar, It is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance car. Currently Waymo is the only company bringing self-driving autonomous cars on public roads. But the Waymo Jaguar I-Pace face challenge from GM’s Cruise, which is currently testing hundreds of self-driving electric Chevrolet Bolts in San Francisco and Arizona with the aim of launching a commercial taxi service in 2019.