On Tuesday morning, Waymo revealed the newest partner for its planned autonomous taxi service: Jaguar. The two companies are teaming up to build a fleet of self-driving I-Paces, Jaguar’s new battery electric vehicle (BEV), which goes on sale later this year. The vehicles will start testing this year and enter Waymo’s fleet by 2020. This is a pretty significant order—Waymo CEO John Krafcik said that up to 20,000 self-driving I-Paces will be built in the first two years.
It’s also significant that the integration of Waymo’s sensors and self-driving technology will be built into these I-Paces at the factory in Graz, Austria. Waymo’s current Pacifica Hybrid minivans have been delivered by Chrysler and converted after the fact by Waymo, but as it and Uber (which goes through a similar process with its Volvo XC90s) have been discovering, that’s not a terribly efficient way of doing things.
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