Waymo, the self-driving division of Google’s parent company Alphabet, today announced the launch of the world’s first premium fully self-driving all-electric car in partnership with Jaguar called I-PACE. The car has been built for Waymo’s self-driving taxi service and it blends Jaguar’s style with Waymo’s self-driving technology.
Waymo says that the all-electric I-PACE is a natural choice for the future of mobility which puts fully self-driving cars front and center. It’s a sleek SUV that’s said to be ideal for city driving. The battery capacity hasn’t been confirmed by Waymo says that it can “drive all day.”
The company is planning to up to 20,000 I-PACE SUVs to its self-driving taxi fleet in the next few years which will enable to drive a million trips on a typical day, according to Waymo. The fleet will thus be able to provide self-driving taxi services to many communities across the United States.
In the future, riders will also be able to choose from a wide variety of options that suit their needs while they’re on the road. They don’t have to sit still in a seat, they can summon an I-PACE that’s designed for remote working, dining with friends, or even for napping.
Waymo is going to start testing the new self-driving I-PACE in its fleet later this year. It says that the car will soon start playing a “vital full-time role” in its service soon.