The brand new Jaguar I-PACE now has a self-driving edition, thanks to a partnership with the folks at Alphabet’s Waymo division.
Announced at an event in New York City on Tuesday, Waymo added to its fleet with what it called the first premium fully self-driving car.
Scheduled to begin testing on public roads before the end of this year, the specially-equipped, all-electric I-PACE will be part of the planned ride-hailing service in 2020.
Waymo has around 600 versions of the Chrysler Pacifica minivans currently in operation, but there are plans to create 20,0000 self-driving I-PACE cars in the next two years.
That’ll enable up to a million trips a day, Waymo says. The larger battery capacity will enable the cars to go all day without a recharge.
The new I-PACE will be the sixth car to join Waymo’s operations. The Pacifica is currently alongside a small car, an SUV, a semi-truck and a firefly prototype.
The company’s CEO John Krafcik said: “We want to build a self-driving car for every passenger and every trip.”
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Waymo appears to be moving very quickly with its plans and earlier this month posted a video of Early Riders enjoying (or sleeping through) their first lifts in a self-driving car.
The Jaguar I-PACE was fully unveiled earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show.
Jaguar’s first ever electric car is designed to compete with the Tesla Model X and will travel from Brighton to Lands End on a single charge.
It’ll go from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds and can be charged from 0-80% capacity in just 50 minutes. It also has Amazon Alexa built in.
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