Jaguar’s first production I-Pace electric SUV delivered in US, Waymo gets three units for testing

Jaguar’s first production I-Pace electric SUV delivered in US, Waymo gets three units for testing

According to reports, British automaker Jaguar has delivered its first production all-electric I-Pace SUV the US, with Waymo ride-hailing service getting a few units of the vehicle to test its self-driving technology. The I-Pace electric SUV will be available for purchase by regular customers later this year.

In a recent email to EV magazine Electrek, Waymo -- which has planned a self-driving ride-hailing service -- has confirmed that it has taken the delivery of three Jaguar I-Pace electric SUVs. The vehicles are now being driven around by Waymo in the Bay area as part of a test program.

Waymo is apparently on the top of Jaguar’s list for all-electric I-Pace SUV deliveries because Jaguar and Waymo had announced a partnership earlier in 2018, for the use of the I-Pace by Waymo as part of its autonomous driving effort.

Moreover, Waymo has also placed an order of 20,000 I-Pace electric SUVs with Jaguar. The vehicles will be added to Waymo’s fleet starting from 2020.

The Jaguar all-electric I-Pace SUV is the second vehicle -- after the Pacifica van -- to be adapted with Waymo’s autonomous driving technology. The test program will essentially enable Waymo to adapt its hardware suite of sensors to Jaguar’s upcoming all-electric SUV.

In that context, Waymo told Electrek in the email: “In our first tests, we’re capturing design requirements for our hardware and software.”