Waymo to buy up to 20,000 electric Jaguar vehicles for autonomous development

Waymo to buy up to 20,000 electric Jaguar vehicles for autonomous development

I-PACE electric crossovers to serve as possible premium driverless fleet.

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Mahwah, New Jersey – Despite the recent fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber in Arizona, automakers and tech companies are continuing to pursue the technology. On Tuesday, Jaguar Land Rover announced it is selling as many as 20,000 Jaguar I-PACE electric crossovers to Waymo, Google’s self-driving technology subsidiary, to develop a premium driverless transportation service.

Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo engineers will jointly develop self-driving technology for the I-PACE, with testing set for 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.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, says, “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.”

Waymo CEO John Krafcik adds, “The team at Jaguar Land Rover has developed an all-new battery-electric platform that looks to set a new standard in safety, design, and capability. We're sure Waymo riders will enjoy the safe, premium and delightful experience that the self-driving I-PACE will provide.”

The Waymo Jaguar I-PACE is being shown at the New York International Auto Show.