A little greater than a 12 months in the past, Waymo shocked the business and introduced that its subsequent huge transfer on the planet of autonomous automobiles could be a partnership with Jaguar Land Rover so as to add the automaker’s new all-electric I-Tempo crossover to its fleet of self-driving vehicles.
Now, it seems self-driving Jaguar I-Tempo automobiles are lastly being examined on public streets round Waymo’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Internethas discovered. A self-driving Jaguar I-Tempo, with a security driver behind the wheel, was noticed Monday morning. Waymo has confirmed that testing has begun.
Waymo, the previous Google self-driving challenge that spun out to grow to be a enterprise underneath Alphabet, acquired its first three I-Paces in July 2018. These automobiles have been driving across the San Francisco Bay Space gathering street information, however they weren’t working in autonomous mode. Waymo plans to roll the I-Tempo automobiles into its self-driving ride-hailing fleet in 2020.
The deal between Waymo and JLR is for as much as 20,000 modified I-Tempo automobiles to affix the robotaxi service within the first two years of operation. The partnership is structured equally to Waymo’s relationship with Fiat Chrysler Vehicles, which equipped the tech firm with its Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.
These minivans have grow to be synonymous with Waymo’s testing and its Waymo One ride-hailing service within the suburbs of Phoenix.