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Pic: Waymo (Test of the I-Pace are scheduled to start later this year) The first self-styled "premium" autonomous auto has been unveiled in NY - and it's a Jaguar.

"That Waymo want to offer one million rides a day shows they're definitely going after Uber", commented Mr Stevens.

Waymo's current fleet consists primarily of Lexus RX 450h Hybrid crossovers (which are being phased out) and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Jaguar lists the starting price for its I-Pace model at about $70,000, a figure that translates into $1.4 billion for 20,000 vehicles. The SUV is the first battery-powered vehicle for the brand, which is owned by India's Tata Motors Ltd, underscoring the convergence of electrification and automation.

Waymo's Arizona debut comes amid the recent news that an Arizona woman was struck and killed by a self-driving vehicle operated by Waymo's rival Uber.

In the meantime, Uber has suspended its self-driving trials - and on Monday, Arizona revoked its licence to do so anyway. The announcement of a substantial vehicle fleet for the Phoenix roll-out demonstrates that Waymo has taken a significant step forward in the race to pioneer the world of self-driving cars. The I-PACE is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124 miles per hour, although we highly doubt that passengers will be able to go that fast with Waymo's fleet. Later this year Waymo will launch the world's first self-driving transportation service allowing members of the public to use Waymo's app to request a vehicle.

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Jaguar Land Rover is committed to investing heavily in autonomous, connected and future electrified technologies.

Krafcik was extremely vague at the event when asked how many cities he'd like to see Waymo in in the next two years.

"We all have to build some trust into the technology and obviously this would be a little bit of a setback", Fay said.

Earlier this year, the two companies finally settled a trade dispute in which Waymo accused the former head of Uber's autonomous program of stealing proprietary data from Waymo. The Detroit automaker wants United States regulators to approve the use of self-driving cars without human controls for use next year in ride-sharing fleets.


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