28 March, 2018
Alphabet's Waymo is adding up to 20,000 Jaguars to its fleet of self-driving cars. The I-PACE will be incorporated into Waymo's on-demand ride-hailing service, scheduled to launch later in 2018 in Phoenix. However, one of Uber's autonomous vehicles was recently at center of the first fatality resulting from a self-driving vehicle mishap.
The Senate is also trying to fast-track regulations, but even at a rapid pace by government standards, rules for self-driving vehicles are likely to develop more slowly than technology companies are accustomed to. The companies didn't disclose financial terms, but Waymo is planning to purchase the I-Pace vehicles, which sell for $69,500. A video showcased some of Waymo's early riders, who have been test-passengers for the project, and the various different vehicles they have been transported in.
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Waymo has teamed up with Jaguar for its next robotaxi.
Waymo Jaguar I-Paces, complete with the self-driving tech from Waymo, will start testing later this year, and up to 20,000 of the cars will be built in the first two years of production.
This announcement comes on the heels of the first death involving an autonomous vehicle being tested on public roads.
In a safety report, Waymo details the procedures behind each of its different tests for its technology.
To date, Waymo is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars - with no one in the front seat - on public roads.
Uber immediately suspended all testing of driverless cars and said it is "fully cooperating" with authorities. It's a sleek SUV that's said to be ideal for city driving. "That's the world we're building", the company said.