Today Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover are announcing an electrifying new partnership. We’re joining forces to design and engineer the world’s first premium electric fully self-driving vehicle, built for Waymo’s transportation service. This new self-driving Jaguar I-PACE blends Jaguar’s knack for innovative design with Waymo’s cutting-edge self-driving technology, designed and developed completely in-house.
At Waymo, we’ve been building the world’s most experienced driver: a safe, skillful and savvy chauffeur that can take people and things from A to B at the push of a button. Imagine a world where you can take a self-driving minivan to the baseball game with family, and a self-driving I-PACE home after a night out — in both cases, a car perfectly suited for your needs. That’s the world we’re building.
The all-electric I-PACE is a natural choice for this world. This is a sleek and graceful car, so it will provide a safe and delightful experience for our passengers. Its size makes it ideal for city driving. Its big, fast-charge battery means it can drive all day, which is perfect for our self-driving service. And, as part of a shared fleet, we can make this premium experience accessible to everyone.
We’ll add up to 20,000 I-PACEs to Waymo’s fleet in the next few years — that’s enough to drive about a million trips in a typical day. With this partnership, we can offer our self-driving service to many communities across the country with vehicles that are safe, quiet and eco-friendly.
This is just the beginning. The self-driving products of the future will be designed around passengers, not drivers. That means riders will be able to choose from a broad array of options that will match their very specific needs: one for working remotely as you commute, one for dining with friends, even one designed for napping! The ultimate goal: with Waymo as the driver, products tailored for every purpose and every trip.
Reaching that goal starts with partnerships with innovative automakers and OEMs, like Jaguar Land Rover. Their team truly shares our vision of a self-driving future where roads are safer and transportation is accessible for all.
The new self-driving I-PACE will start testing in our fleet later this year, and will soon be playing a vital full-time role in Waymo’s driverless transportation service. We’re looking forward to this new partnership, and the possibilities it unlocks for Waymo’s riders across the country.
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