Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Waymo is coming for Tesla in a new deal with Jaguar

Waymo is coming for Tesla in a new deal with Jaguar

"Our model at Waymo isn't to be a auto company".

Waymo, the self-driving arm of Alphabet has announced at a press conference today in NY that it will supply luxury automaker Jaguar with self-driving technology for its new electric i-Pace SUV.

Testing of Jaguar I-Pace vehicles equipped with Waymo's self-driving systems will begin later this year. The I-Pace will start at $69,500 in the USA market, a base cost that puts it $10,000 below the standard Tesla Model X. The vehicle is manufactured by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

To be fair to Waymo, its rivals have generally opted for practicality over appeal too. One of Uber's self-driving cars was recently involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian, which may slow public adoption of the technology.

Priced from £63,495, the I-Pace is a five-seat electric SUV which can drive for up to 298 miles on a single charge of its battery. That makes finding somewhere for extra computers more straightforward, too, and Jaguar's 240 mile range should mean it can deliver a day of driverless operations before requiring a recharge.

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Waymo appears to be moving very quickly with its plans and earlier this month posted a video of Early Riders enjoying (or sleeping through) their first lifts in a self-driving vehicle. Waymo has been testing self-driving trucks in California and Arizona and just started testing in Atlanta, hauling cargo to Google's data centers.

Waymo, the former self-driving vehicle unit of Alphabet Inc. The consumer version of the I-Pace comes to showrooms later this year - without the self-driving gear.

Waymo, the company that grew of out of Google's self-driving vehicle project, announced a deal to buy up to 20,000 electric cars over the next two years, a move that shows the scope of its ambition when it comes to driverless ride-hailing services. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW all have their own test fleets: indeed, one of the first Level 4/5 prototypes to do a cross-country run in earnest was a high-end S-Class sedan.

There are risks as driverless technology develops.

Previous year the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that tries to establish some order for a patchwork of differing federal and state regulations on self-driving cars.

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