Jaguar and Google will develop an unmanned electric crossoverMarch 27, 2018
In 2018, the British brand will begin road tests of electric crossovers Jaguar I-Pace, equipped with automatic control systems Waymo
Waymo (the Google project) and the Jaguar Land Rover alliance concluded an agreement on long-term cooperation. In its framework, the partners will develop the “world’s first premium unmanned electric car”, which will be based on the crossover I-Pace. This is reported by the press service of the British automaker.
Road tests Jaguar I-Pace with automatic control systems from Waymo will be launched this year. The tests will allow engineers to analyze real-time environmental data, improve technology and improve ride safety.
According to preliminary data, in the next two years will be produced up to 20 thousand electric crossovers I-Pace with pre-installed unmanned service Waymo, which in total can make up to one million trips a day. Waymo’s unmanned transportation service will be launched this year. Customers can order a car with a special mobile application.
The first in the history of the Jaguar serial electric car debuted in early March at the Geneva Motor Show. Jaguar I-Pace received a set of lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 90 kW * h, which allow you to travel on a single charge capable of driving up to 480 km.
At the same time, the novelty supports a quick recharging system, where the batteries can be replenished from 0 to 80% in 40 minutes. From a standard outlet, the crossover is charged for 10 hours. In Jaguar, I promised that I-Pace will function normally at high negative temperatures. The new crossover has two electric motors (200 hp each) on each axis. From the place to 100 km / h Jaguar I-Pace accelerates in 4.8 seconds, and the maximum speed is forcibly limited to 200 km per hour.
As for Waymo, it is actively testing its own fleet with automatic control. UAVs are based on hybrid minivans Chrysler Pacifica. Cars are guided in space by means of optical rangefinders LiDAR, various sensors and high-resolution video cameras.
In the spring of last year in the tests of autonomous minivans in Phoenix for the first time attended by ordinary people who acted as ordinary passengers. In the same place, Waymo will soon create its own transport network, which will include unmanned vehicles.