Jaguar's first all-electric auto goes driverless in tie-up with Waymo

Jaguar's first all-electric auto goes driverless in tie-up with Waymo

Jaguar's first all-electric auto goes driverless in tie-up with Waymo

"This year in 2018, starting in Phoenix, Arizona - there members of the public will be able to take these fully self-driving cars anywhere within our service area", Waymo CEO John Krafcik said at a press event in NY.

Waymo's newest addition to its self-driving fleet was revealed on Tuesday's livestream event, dubbed The Next Step in Self-Driving.

"That Waymo want to offer one million rides a day shows they're definitely going after Uber", commented Mr Stevens.

The joint venture with Jaguar will start testing in Phoenix, Arizona this year.

Waymo, formerly Google's self-driving project, will work with Jaguar to design and engineer the vehicles - the first premium models to be part of the Waymo project.

The company partnered with Jaguar Land Rover to make a completely autonomous, electric auto, called the Jaguar I-Pace.

This made MI the sixth state to allow Waymo to test its self-driving software on public roads.

As Waymo described in a piece on Medium, the I-Pace is ideal for families who prioritize safety as well as single-person users who want a sleek ride. Other companies, including Waymo, are still testing, however.

In September, Bloomberg reported that Jaguar Land Rover was weighing purchases of technology companies that could boost its efforts to roll out electric vehicles and autonomous driving systems. The high-end SUVs will operate alongside the company's existing self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans and Lexus 450h SUVs.

Elgrot looks like he can handle a real vehicle in real life too, though, and he seems to really like the way the I-Pace accelerates and changes direction. Testing of the self-driving cars will begin later this year.

"This is the self-driving car that car lovers have been looking for", he said while unveiling one of the vehicles a day before the NY auto show. The long-term goal for Waymo remains safety, says Krafcik.

Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover's CEO, described the deal as a major boost for the company as it enters the rapidly-evolving EV market.

To date, Waymo is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars - with no one in the front seat - on public roads.

"There will no doubt be an exhaustive investigation of the tragic incident involving an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian", Akshay Anand, an analyst at Kelley Blue Book, said in an emailed statement. "That's the world we're building", the company said.

Waymo's driverless transportation service is planned to launch later this year, allowing members of the public to use its app to request a vehicle in the US.

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