Waymo will buy 20,000 Jaguar electric SUVs for driverless ride-hailing service

Waymo will buy 20,000 Jaguar electric SUVs for driverless ride-hailing service

Alphabet-owned self-driving car company Waymo has announced its plans to purchase up to 20,000 units of Jaguar Land Rover’s new electric car, the I-PACE, over a period of two years. The new I-PACE, recently unveiled by Jaguar ahead of the New York International Auto Show, is the electric version of a Jaguar SUV.

Waymo’s decision to purchase Jaguar’s I-PACE electric SUVs is part of a plan to build its own fleet of cars for the imminent launch of its driverless ride-hailing service. I-PACE units to be purchased by Waymo will be fitted with certain components which will give ‘self-driving’ capability to the vehicles.

With the help of its fleet of 20,000 Jaguar I-PACE electric SUVs, Waymo will aim to provide up to 1 million rides per day through its driverless ride-hailing service.

Waymo’s deal with Jaguar Land Rover for creating a fleet of I-PACE electric SUVs for driverless ride-hailing service will give the self-driving car company a notable edge in terms of attracting riders -- especially upmarket passengers -- because Jaguar is an internationally renowned luxury auto brand.

Though the financial details of the Waymo-Jaguar I-PACE deal have not been disclosed, it is projected that the base price of the Jaguar I-PACE will start at approximately $70,000. The electric SUVs are scheduled for delivery by Jaguar between 2020 and 2022.

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