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Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo today announce a long-term strategic partnership. Together, the two companies will develop the world's first premium self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo's driverless transportation service.

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Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo (formerly Google self-driving car project) will work together to design and engineer self-driving Jaguar I-PACE vehicles. This long-term strategic collaboration will further Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover's shared goals: to make cars safer, free up people's valuable time and improve mobility for everyone.

Waymo Jaguar I-PACEs, equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology, will start testing later this year. On-road testing and capturing real-world data will allow Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover engineers to refine technology and deliver optimum safety and reliability. Up to 20,000 I-PACEs will be built in the first two years of production and be available for riders of Waymo's driverless service, serving a potential one million trips per day.

The Jaguar I-PACE was launched earlier this month and is the company's first full-electric SUV. It is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance car. Jaguar Land Rover is committed to investing heavily, becoming automotive leaders in autonomous, connected and future electrified technologies.

To date, Waymo is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars - with no one in the front seat - on public roads. Later this year Waymo will launch the world's first self-driving transportation service allowing members of the public to use Waymo's app to request a vehicle.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer 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, Waymo Chief Executive Officer 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."

The Waymo Jaguar I-PACE is being shown at the New York International Auto Show.
 

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DRCayenne said:
Hi,

Whilst it is good for Jaguar (20,000 sales) what is the point of a 'sporting' autonomous car????

As far as I'm concerned you can take 'autonomy' and stuff it.

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Perhaps they will do a special version with only one motor and a greater range?
I wonder if it will be able to plug itself in when it returns to base?
 

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catwoman said:
I'm in a dilemma . .
Not sure if that's a real question, but if...

Personally, if you were seriously contemplating an F-Pace then I'd really consider a Macan Turbo (PP?) - I suspect that the experience would be better in almost every way, though do beware of the super-extensive and costly Porsche options list.

But for a genuinely next-generation car (and if Tesla is off the radar for one reason or another - it is for me because of size and OTT cost for example) then maybe it has to be a wait for the i-Pace.
 

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I thought Waymo had been testing all of their autonomous kit on Ipace since early 2019? Have been following with interest though, will be interesting to see how it compares with the tesla "self drive".
 

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"Perhaps they will do a special version with only one motor and a greater range?
I wonder if it will be able to plug itself in when it returns to base?"

There is already wireless charging being tested and available in Norway, does anyone know how successful.

20,000 IPaces for Waymo? That has been bandidied about for over a year, maybe a long term aim, they are still developing the tech. How many are actually on the road, a few dozen, a hundred or so, maybe truly autonomous will come, I predict speed control for all cars will come first, that will take all the pleasure out of driving.
 

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"Personally, if you were seriously contemplating an F-Pace then I'd really consider a Macan Turbo"

I had an FPace 3.0d for 3 yrs that was a very good car and a lot more spacious than a Macan. The real difference is the ownership experience and quality control, Jaguar have a long way to go in that respect. After 10k miles the IPace I everything I expected, when I upgrade in a couple of years I will probably add adaptive suspension and HUD, at present I don't see changing to a different brand has any advantage.
 
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