Mar 27, 2018

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover pair up to push self-driving cars

Waymo has entered a long-term partnership with Jaguar Land Rover in a deal that will see the self-driving car company buy tens of thousands of vehicles from the carmaker and collaborate on future technology, as it prepares to launch an autonomous taxi service later this year. Up to 20,000 vehicles will be built for Waymo's service in the first two years of production, which the companies said could provide 1m trips per day to Waymo customers. Waymo's announcement comes as the safety of self-driving cars has come under increased scrutiny after an autonomous Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona - not far from where Waymo's commercial service will debut in the coming months. "Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners. In joining forces with Waymo we are pioneering to push the boundaries of technology," said Ralf Speth, JLR chief executive. "While we've been focused at Waymo on building the world's most experienced driver, the team at Jaguar Land Rover has developed an all-new battery-electric platform that looks to set a new standard in safety, design and capability," said John Krafcik, Waymo's chief executive.

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