Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

There could be 20000 driverless Jaguars on the road by 2020

There could be 20000 driverless Jaguars on the road by 2020

Earlier this year, Waymo ordered thousands of new Chrysler Pacifica minivans in the hope of launching a driverless ride-hailing service sometime this year.

Jaguar will deliver its vehicles for Waymo's ride-hailing from 2020 to 2022.

Waymo says the fleet could serve a million trips in a day.

Krafcik added that the new Jaguar cars will first be used in a ride-sharing service Waymo will launch in Phoenix this year. Tests will expand to other as yet unspecified USA cities over the next two years. The company has announced that the autonomous taxi service will soon be available to the general public in the service area. The new Jaguar I-Pace is a hot ride that will give Google's Waymo much more prestige.

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The partnership with Jaguar will bring a auto that Krafcik called "the self-driving vehicle car lovers have been looking for" to the roads. Speth says his company is already getting strong interest in the I-Pace from interested customers. "Our role in the world, we see very clearly, is to build the world's most experienced driver".

Waymo's Jaguar I-PACE fleet is set to start testing this year, with Krafcik noting that the company is preparing to deploy as many as 20,000 units of the electric SUVs within two years of production. Uber was locked in a legal battle with Waymo for months over Uber stealing self-driving trade secrets from Waymo before settling for $245 million in February. Waymo wants to have a vehicle for any journey, and that's where this new Jaguar SUV comes in as it will add some extra variety to the lineup. Anyone can hail a ride from the autonomous vehicle in the city starting later this year, though the Jags will not be for sale for the general public. It is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance auto.

The announcement was made ahead of the 2018 NY auto show, and signaled Waymo's broader interest in more automakers beyond past partners. Waymo and others might be experimenting with taxi-replacement schemes right now, but early adopters of self-driving technology are nearly certain to be well-heeled and status motivated when the free betas are through and suddenly we have to start paying for such services.

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