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Waymo Expands Autonomous Taxi Service And Adds Jaguar SUVs To Fleet

Waymo Expands Autonomous Taxi Service And Adds Jaguar SUVs To Fleet”

John Krafcik, CEO of the Google self-driving vehicle unit, said the company plans to add up to 20,000 all-electric, self-driving Jaguar I-Pace models to Waymo's fleet in the next few years for the company's transportation service, which is scheduled to launch this year in Phoenix. "Those 20,000 vehicles can serve about one million trips on a single day". It has also revealed plans for a self-driving ride-hailing service, unveiled a self-driving minivan, and earlier this month announced it was piloting self-driving cargo trucks for Google's Atlanta datacenters.

Waymo, the former self-driving vehicle unit of Alphabet Inc.

More broadly, Waymo's automotive partnerships help to support the Google subsidiary's autonomous driving ambitions as rivals Tesla and Uber race to put self-driving cars on the road.

For its part, Waymo has recently crossed the 5 million self-driven miles mark, a massive distance made even more massive when combined with the 5 billion simulated miles its cars have driven in the virtual world.

In a previous report, Ars Technica dubbed Waymo's self-driving software as the best in the world, with the publication taking particular note of the company's several layers of redundancies, including redundant controls for its cars' brakes, steering, and power supply. Waymo's second fleet of retail vehicles for testing were hundreds of Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

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Police said Elaine Herzberg, 49, was hit by a self-driving Uber test auto in autonomous mode with a "safety driver" behind the wheel. The specially modified Jaguar I-Pace cars will begin testing there later this year. Without resorting to flash and drama during his presentation, Krafcik still left no doubt about what Waymo thinks of its partnership with Jaguar.

Waymo has pledged to buy up to 20,000 I-Pace SUVs by 2022, a substantial number considering Jaguar Land Rover globally sold 621,109 vehicles a year ago.

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.

Mr. Krafcik declined to say whether he thought the crash was a setback for the industry or whether new regulations are needed.

It has been testing fully autonomous vehicles, requiring no human driver, in Arizona since 2017. Its size makes it ideal for city driving. "That's the world we're building", the company said. The service enables members of the public to request a vehicle using a mobile app, and will initially launch in Phoenix, Arizona.



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