The first three Jaguar I-PACE vehicles to hit the roads in the US have arrived in Waymo’s Bay Area fleet.
The Jaguar I-PACEs will be used for testing, prior to the all-electric vehicle being outfitted with Waymo’s self-driving technology and launched in a ride-hailing service in 2020.
Waymo expects 20,000 I-PACEs to join its fleet.
Jaguar is in the process of rolling out its I-PACE all-electric vehicle, with cars slated to start arriving at dealerships later this year. Prospective owners can already start configuring the I-PACE at Jaguar’s website, where the base-priced car is about $70,000.
In the Bay Area, however, Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving unit has received its first three I-PACEs, ahead of the rest of the market.
Waymo’s ride-hailing service is slated to launch its I-PACEs — the result of partnership with Jaguar Land Rover announced earlier this year — in 2020, joining other vehicles, including a fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans.
For now, the Waymo I-PACEs will undergo testing in real-world conditions, to assess durability and establish design parameters, the company explained.
Eventually, I-PACEs equipped with Waymo’s self-driving technology will take to the roads. Waymo and Jaguar have said that 20,000 I-PACEs will joining the fleet.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Technology