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Waymo is coming for Tesla in a new deal with Jaguar

Waymo is coming for Tesla in a new deal with Jaguar

Jaguar CEO Ralf Speth said he'd already "ringfenced" the 20,000 models of the I-Pace for Waymo.The vehicle will go on sale to the general public in the U.S. towards the end of this year.

"That Waymo want to offer one million rides a day shows they're definitely going after Uber", commented Mr Stevens. The I-PACE will be incorporated into Waymo's on-demand ride-hailing service, scheduled to launch later in 2018 in Phoenix.

Together, the two companies will develop the driverless I-Pace's in order to bring the world's first premium self-driving electric vehicle to fruition, for Waymo's autonomous transportation service.

Waymo has been working on self-driving technology since 2009. Tests will expand to other as yet unspecified USA cities over the next two years.

In a previous report, Ars Technica dubbed Waymo's self-driving software as the best in the world, with the publication taking particular note of the company's several layers of redundancies, including redundant controls for its cars' brakes, steering, and power supply. The current fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans are capacious but boringly earnest; the homegrown Google "pod" cars were always cute, but never cool.

The starting price of a normal-driving Jaguar I-Pace is $70,000.

It's that which has helped fast-track the Waymo I-PACE into testing later this year, of course.

Waymo's buying up to 20,000 Jaguar I-PACE SUVs and outfitting them with its self-driving tech
Waymo's buying up to 20,000 Jaguar I-PACE SUVs and outfitting them with its self-driving

The next wave of self-driving Waymo cars will be electric Jaguar I-Pace crossovers, the automotive supplier said Tuesday. "While the technology will be Waymo's, the image will be largely Jaguar".

Alphabet's autonomous auto unit and Jaguar Land Rover will design and engineer a fully self-driving version of the automaker's all-electric I-PACE sport-utility vehicle.

Krafcik also noted that Waymo is on the verge of "shifting focus from research and development to operations".

Uber immediately suspended all testing of driverless cars and said it is "fully cooperating" with authorities. He said the company plans a "gradual" safe approach to self-driving vehicles.

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.

Later this year, Waymo said it would launch an app for self-driving taxis that can be hailed by the public, but it's unclear where those cars would be or how many of those cars would be on the road.

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