I-Pace, an SUV that many have already noted is one of the best rivals to Tesla's growing "ownership" of the electric vehicle market. "The I-Pace is the world's first premium electric auto".
Waymo CEO John Krafcik tells us the I-Pace is "the self-driving auto that vehicle lovers have been waiting for", and that the technology it'll be fitted with has gone through what he thinks is "the toughest driving test in the world". The vehicles are the first to attain a Level 4 in autonomy, which the Society of Automotive Engineers stipulates as a "high level" but not fully autonomous. The company has announced that the autonomous taxi service will soon be available to the general public in the service area.
Krafcik lauded the I-Pace's powerful battery, which Jaguar says is capable of 240 miles of range in the consumer version.
In January, Fiat Chrysler said it will supply Waymo with "thousands" of modified Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans as the startup prepares to launch a self-driving taxi service.
The company started testing its self-driving minivans on public roads in Novi, Michigan in late 2017. The Waymo executive very boldly assured everyone last week that he had "a lot of confidence" that his company's technology would've stopped before hitting her.
It's that which has helped fast-track the Waymo I-PACE into testing later this year, of course. That means Waymo has abandoned its plans to build an automobile of its own and will focus on being a supplier of autonomous technology to the industry.
The Waymo I-Pace features the numerous sensors and lidar arrays required for driverless transportation but integrated into a vehicle more than before.
Krafcik said the 20,000 I-PACE SUVs will be capable of servicing up to 1 million trips in a single day.
Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners. Together we will deliver the self-driving Waymo Jaguar I-Pace with the grace, space and eco-pace that customers expect.
The announcement occurred a day before two media preview days at the NY auto show.
Many other autonomous driving firms are proceeding more cautiously now that we've seen what could be the first pedestrian death resulting from the technology, but Waymo is pressing forward even more aggressively.