Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo have announced a long-term strategic partnership to develop what they’re calling the world’s first premium self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo’s driverless transportation service.
The two companies will work together to design and engineer self-driving Jaguar I-PACE vehicles. They say this long-term strategic collaboration “will further Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover’s shared goals: to make cars safer, free up people’s valuable time and improve mobility for everyone”.
Waymo Jaguar I-PACEs, equipped with Waymo’s self-driving technology, will start testing 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. Up to 20,000 I-PACEs will be built in the first two years of production and be available for riders of Waymo’s driverless service, serving a potential one million trips per day.
The Jaguar I-PACE was launched earlier this month and is the company’s first full-electric SUV. “It is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance car,” the company says. “Jaguar Land Rover is committed to investing heavily, becoming automotive leaders in autonomous, connected and future electrified technologies.”
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.”
John Krafcik, Waymo Chief Executive Officer added, “While we’ve been focused at Waymo on building the world’s most experienced driver, 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.