|John Krafcik, Waymo's CEO / Photo by Web Summit via Flickr|
Google’s autonomous arm, Waymo is partnering with British sports-car maker Jaguar Land Rover to create the world’s first self-driving electric vehicle.
The British car manufacturer announced during the New York International Auto Show 2018 that it has agreed to a long-term partnership with Waymo, wherein it will add about 20,000 all-electric, self-driving Jaguar I-Pace units to the fleet of Waymo in the next few years.
Waymo’s CEO John Krafcik said during the NY auto show that it would be a kind of self-driving car that many car lovers would want to have. “This is a production-ready vehicle,” he added.
Krafcik highlighted that their goal is to build the “world’s most experienced driver” and deploy such driver in different places to help make the world a better place. He was referring to their fleet of self-driving cars.
Waymo will reportedly begin testing the I-Pace this year, although the production of 20,000 vehicles is not expected to begin until 2020. This was according to the company officials. The CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, Ralph Speth, also noted during the event that moving to the needed boundaries of the tech could not be done by a single company in isolation. “So, you look for partners who share your dreams,” Speth continued. The German automotive executive also said that the partnership will add value to their own imagination.