Jaguar self-drive auto revealed in NY

Baby driver takes the Jaguar I-Pace for quick spin

The fully autonomous auto just took a giant step closer to reality as Jaguar announced a major new partnership with Waymo, formerly Google's self-driving vehicle skunkworks.

Waymo and Jaguar have formed a partnership to bring autonomous cars to market in the near future.

The minivans will be part of a ride-hailing service that Waymo plans to launch in Arizona later this year.

Rather than outfitting a vehicle for self-driving technology, Waymo engineers collaborated with Jaguar's team throughout the I-Pace's development process.

This will be the sixth type of vehicle Waymo has added its self-driving technology to.

As Waymo described in a piece on Medium, the I-Pace is flawless for families who prioritize safety as well as single-person users who want a sleek ride. The testing in MI marked new territory for Waymo as the company was looking to test its software on the state's unpredictable winter roads and the cold weather experience.

The self-driving I-Pace will join Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrids already operating, but Waymo are keen to get the I-Pace up and running to offer a "Premium" alternative to the Chrysler MPV.

The announcement was made ahead of the 2018 NY auto show, and signaled Waymo's broader interest in more automakers beyond past partners.

Krafcik also noted that Waymo is on the verge of "shifting focus from research and development to operations".

According to Jaguar Land Rover, the team-up with Waymo is a long-term strategic collaboration with shared goals of making cars safer, freeing up people's time and essentially improving mobility for everyone.

At a press conference today in New York, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced the world's first premium electric self-driving vehicle.

Autonomous vehicle company Waymo is about to gain another 20,000 electric cars to its fleet thanks to a new partnership with Jaguar.

The news comes after Uber's self-driving program was shut down by Arizona Gov Doug Ducey after one of Uber's autonomous Volvos struck and killed a pedestrian while operating in autonomous mode. It's a sleek SUV that's said to be ideal for city driving.

Waymo has been working on self-driving cars since 2009 and has driven more than eight million kilometres on public roads. "That's the world we're building", the company said. Waymo is also playing the long game as it looks to launch a large-scale transportation service using self-driving vehicles.

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