Waymo's next wave of self-driving cars will be electric Jaguar I-Pace crossovers. Up to 20,000 electric crossovers will be fitted with the self-driving hardware by 2020.
Waymo said that later this year, it would launch an app for self-driving taxis that can be hailed by the public. It is an extension of its "Early Rider" program that is already underway in Phoenix, Arizona, even though there are still some unclear parts like when it will launch, or if participants will be selected by the automaker instead of opting into the service.
All these hardware announcements were made ahead of the 2018 New York auto show. Recently, Waymo Chief John Krafcik revealed Waymo’s significant testing and mileage stats. Over 5 million miles have been traveled by Waymo vehicles on public roads, and more than 5 billion in the simulation.
This has resulted in The Waymo I-Pace featuring the numerous sensors and Lidar arrays required for driverless transportation but integrated into a vehicle more than before. Body-colored plastics around the fenders cover sensors, the tall lidar sensors at the top are molded into the roof with only a protruding array. With efforts like this from companies like Waymo, the journey to full self-driving cars is coming to an end.
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