Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Meet our newest self-driving vehicle: the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE

Meet our newest self-driving vehicle: the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE

The next self-driving vehicle in Waymo's fleet will be the new all-electric I-Pace crossover sport utility produced by Jaguar Land Rover. Together, the two companies will develop the world's first premium self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo's driverless transportation service.

At a press conference today in New York, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced the world's first premium electric self-driving auto.

"It's offering the right auto, the right mobility for the right situation", Speth said at an event in NY announcing the deal. Jaguar's design for the I-PACE intentionally stows the battery array underneath the floor in the wheelbase area, pushing the drive motors to the corners, and leaving open space in the cabin. It has also revealed plans for a self-driving ride-hailing service, unveiled a self-driving minivan, and earlier this month announced it was piloting self-driving cargo trucks for Google's Atlanta datacenters. The ultimate goal: "with Waymo as the driver, products tailored for every objective and every trip", said Waymo in a post on medium.

Waymo appears to be moving very quickly with its plans and earlier this month posted a video of Early Riders enjoying (or sleeping through) their first lifts in a self-driving vehicle.

Krafcik said the 20,000 I-PACE SUVs will be capable of servicing up to 1 million trips in a single day.

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"The company knows its technology is solid and it's eager to allow a wider audience to experience it". According to the CEO, the company's fleet of cars has traveled more than 5 million autonomous miles on American roads across 25 different cities and 5 billion simulated miles to date.

Krafcik said the I-Pace is only one of the vehicles that Waymo will be using. It is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance vehicle.

"Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners", Prof. In joining forces with Waymo we are pioneering to push the boundaries of technology.

The Jaguar I-Pace is expected to join Waymo's planned autonomous taxi fleet by 2020.

The announcement occurred a day before two media preview days at the NY auto show.

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