Jaguar and Waymo team up to build autonomous I-Pace

Jaguar and Waymo team up to build autonomous I-Pace

Up to 20,000 driverless Jaguar I-Pace vehicles will be produced by the British firm in conjunction with autonomous tech company Waymo

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An autonomous Jaguar I-Pace could be your next taxi, as the British manufacturer has teamed up with Waymo to produce a driverless version of the electric SUV.

The Google-owned company will fit autonomous technology it has developed to up to 20,000 units of the I-Pace, which will be introduced to its testing fleet before becoming an integral part of Waymo's upcoming ride hailing app set to arrive later this year.

The tech firm was created in 2009 as the Google Self-Driving Car Project, and it claims to be the only company in the world to currently have a fleet of autonomous vehicles. 

Ralf Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, 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, chief executive of Waymo, said:

"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."

Jaguar Land Rover is no stranger to testing driverless vehicles. Just last year, the British firm began testing a number of cars fitted with driverless technology in its home city of Coventry — the first of its kind in the UK.

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