Can Jaguar and Waymo's I-Pace idea make driverless cars cool?

The Waymo-powered self-driving Jaguar I-PACE SUV

The two companies plan to roll out a fleet of more than 20,000 self-driving, fully electric I-Pace SUVs in the next two years, which will give way to a possible one million rides per day. Once the service is fully up and running, Waymo says it could provide up to 1 million rides each day across the country. Together they are positioning the hot new I-Pace electric vehicle firmly at the pointy end of the next frontier in mobility.

This will be the sixth type of vehicle Waymo has added its self-driving technology to.

The driverless I-Pace SUVs will be available as part of Waymo's driverless taxi service.

Meanwhile Waymo is testing its connected cars in locations across the United States, including Detroit, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; and Austin, Texas.

MI and Arizona share very similar laws when it comes to testing self-driving cars while California requires a $5 million insurance plan, and that the company must report any crashes within 10 days in addition to an annual report detailing the company's test drivers' training. Waymo's second fleet of retail vehicles for testing were hundreds of Chrysler Pacifica minivans.




Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. "While the technology will be Waymo's, the image will be largely Jaguar".

Waymo Jaguar I-Paces, complete with the self-driving tech from Waymo, will start testing later this year, and up to 20,000 of the cars will be built in the first two years of production.

The new self-driving auto will be one of the handful of autonomous vehicles that'll be available to hail as part of is "Waymo Service" launching later this year.

Waymo's news comes after the first death caused by an autonomously-driven vehicle owned by Uber just nine days ago, in Tempe, Arizona. Uber has stopped testing its self-driving technology on city streets, and so has Toyota. The goal is to develop "the world's most experienced driver", said Krafcik.

Krafcik began the livestream, which you can see above, by telling stories of Waymo riders in Pheonix, including one who witnessed a fatal accident as a youngster, but now takes an autonomous Waymo vehicle to work. Waymo is also playing the long game as it looks to launch a large-scale transportation service using self-driving vehicles.

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