Jaguar Land Rover has announced a long-term strategic partnership with Waymo to develop the world’s first premium self-driving electric vehicle.
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 of making cars safer and improving mobility for everyone.
The new vehicles were designed and engineered from its research and development facility in Coventry in the West Midlands.
The I-Pace will be produced at a manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria.
Waymo Jaguar I-PACEs, which will be equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology, will start testing later this year.
By testing the new vehicles on-road and capturing real-world data, Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover’s engineers will be able to refine the 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 company’s first full-electric SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, was launched earlier this month and highlights the firm’s commitment to investing heavily to become the leaders in autonomous, connected, and future electrified technologies.
Professor Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s 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’s chief executive officer, added: “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 currently being shown at the New York International Auto Show.