The next phase of Waymo in self-driving cars has started.
The earlier Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet has got its first three all-electric I-Pace crossover sport utility manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover. These I-Pace EVS — the first on U.S. roads outside of JLR’s own fleet — can be seen driving throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
The company mentioned to TechCrunch that these are not operating autonomously just yet. At present, Waymo is testing the vehicle’s performance on roads to create self-driving system design needs and develop durability tests.
Waymo reported in March a planned partnership with Jaguar Land Rover to manufacture a self-driving electric I-Pace for a driverless transportation service. The idea is for the electric SUV to become part of Waymo’s driverless fleet starting in 2020.
Finally, up to 20,000 modified I-Pace vehicles will join Waymo’s soon-to-be-introduced driverless ride-hailing service in the first two years of operation.
The Jaguar I-Pace SUVs are a piece of Waymo’s biggest plan to develop a self-driving system to be used in delivery, ride-hailing and logistics like trucking, connecting rides with public transit and licensing the technology with automakers for personally owned vehicles.
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