|Jaguar I-Pace when it is still a concept car. / Photo by: Thesupermat via Wikimedia Commons|
The first set of Jaguar I-Pace cars have arrived in California and this will form part of the thousands of self-driving Jaguar vehicles in the state.
Waymo, an autonomous car development company, announced its plans to order about 20,000 I-Paces earlier this year, according to Conventry Live.
Now, the company confirmed the delivery of three I-Paces, soon to become members of its self-driving, ride-hailing service in San Francisco. The completion of the 20,000-unit delivery of Jaguar I-Paces is expected to be accomplished in the next four years.
“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,” said Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO at Jaguar Land Rover.
According to the official website of I-Pace, there are three available models: I-Pace S, Se, and HSE. All models are 100 percent powered by electricity and equipped with connectivity features such as remote control using a smartphone, navigation tools like 2D or 3D maps, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot to keep the user connected, and an extra load of useful apps.
For one full charge, an I-Pace can travel up to 480 kilometers of distance based on the Worldwide harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure. The battery on the vehicle is composed of high-energy density lithium-ion pouch cells that sustain maximum power.
The I-Pace can accelerate like a sports car with 100 km per hour acceleration within 4.8 seconds. Using its two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, the performance can be compared to the I-TYPE Formula E racing car.
In terms of safety, the automaker installed an external sound system that generates an acoustic signal at speeds under 20 km per hour, notifying pedestrians of its presence. The car has been equipped with adaptive cruise control with steering assist to make driving in traffic situations easier. Other driving aids include emergency braking, as well as speed limit and traffic sign recognition.