Automakers are under pressure to offer vehicles like the I-Pace as a way to offset the sales of thirsty conventional SUVs, helping to keep their corporate average fuel economy below federal limits.
The deal is a coup for JLR, with Waymo seen as the frontrunner in the race to develop autonomous vehicles. The I-PACE is all-wheel drive, but there's no driveshaft running the length of the SUV to connect the rear wheels to the front. Instead of everyone running around like headless chickens trying to create their own self-driving systems, manufacturers can simply link up with Waymo and get everything they need fully developed and tested. At first, the service will cover a small area of Phoenix, Arizona.
Meanwhile, everything in an electric vehicle is already drive-by-wire.
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Meanwhile Waymo is testing its connected cars in locations across the U.S., including Detroit, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; and Austin, Texas.
For season five it is also anticipated that the new Gen 2 Formula E cars will compete on the full Grand Prix circuit. "The I-Pace is the world's first premium electric vehicle".
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This isn't the first time Jaguar Land Rover has shown off its self-driving skills.
He also said that the Jaguar Land Rover model also has a bigger battery, allowing the auto to drive all day. The vehicles "will soon be playing a vital full-time role in Waymo's driverless transportation service", it said. It's now only open to "Early Riders", who have been testing it for months. It is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance vehicle.
In January, Fiat Chrysler said it will supply Waymo with "thousands" of modified Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans as the startup prepares to launch a self-driving taxi service.
"Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners", Prof.
Importantly, Waymo's autonomous driving technology will be built into the I-Paces at the factory in Graz, Austria, rather than being added after the fact by Waymo in the US.
Jaguar will deliver its vehicles for Waymo's ride-hailing from 2020 to 2022.
"That's the world we're building".