Waymo & Jaguar Land Rover To Create Self-Driving Fleet

Waymo to create luxury, self-driving electric car with Jaguar

Waymo bills it as the world's first driverless electric SUV. In joining forces with Waymo we are pioneering to push the boundaries of technology.

Krafcik said he wasn't sure.

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

Uber was locked in a legal battle with Waymo for months over Uber stealing self-driving trade secrets from Waymo before settling for $245 million in February.

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By 2020, the firms say 20,000 self-driving Jaguar sport utility vehicles (SUVs) will be part of Waymo's public fleet.

"That Waymo want to offer one million rides a day shows they're definitely going after Uber", commented Mr Stevens. Together they are positioning the hot new I-Pace electric vehicle firmly at the pointy end of the next frontier in mobility. The SUV is the first battery-powered vehicle for the brand, underscoring the convergence of electrification and automation. "Reaching that goal starts with partnerships with innovative automakers and OEMs, like Jaguar Land Rover".

But Waymo is still testing its cars in Arizona and elsewhere. The initial roll-out will take place in Phoenix, where testing has begun using Chrysler Pacifica vans.

Waymo is launching its self-driving auto service to the general public in Arizona this year, and numerous early test riders seem pleased, if the short promo video we saw can be believed, often thanking the vehicle itself for a ride into the future.

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Waymo's latest alliance came as Uber's testing of self-driving cars in the USA is on hold due to one of the vehicles being in an accident last week that killed a pedestrian. On Saturday, Krafcik said Waymo's system would have seen and avoided the pedestrian. Uber has been testing its self-driving tech using Volvo SUVS, one of which was involved in a fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona on March 18. The vehicles "will soon be playing a vital full-time role in Waymo's driverless transportation service", it said.

"We have a lot of confidence that our technology would be robust and would be able to handle situations like that one", Krafcik said.

Waymo is planning on launching a fleet of autonomous vehicles that will operate as taxis later this year.

"We want to build a self-driving vehicle for every passenger and every trip", said John Krafcik at the reveal. In our view, it's the world's longest ongoing driving test. "Our technology has gone through what we regard as the toughest driving test in the world".

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"It's offering the right vehicle, the right mobility for the right situation", Speth said at an event in NY announcing the deal. He said the Uber death was very sad "as is the deaths we have every day on the road from human errors and human behaviour".

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