The Autonomist

Jaguar I-Pace in real-world testing

Jaguar I-Pace cars equipped with Waymo autonomous technology have been tested in public for the first time, it has emerged.

A car with a safety driver was spotted in trials on the roads near the Waymo HQ in Mountain View, California.

Waymo – which began as Google’s self-driving car project in 2009 – partnered with Jaguar to create what it terms the ‘world's first premium electric self-driving vehicle’.

It promised it would start testing in 2019 it is set to add up to 20,000 I-Paces to Waymo’s fleet in the coming years.

It’s understood that the I-Paces – Jaguar Land Rover’s first fully electric SUVs – use Waymo’s custom-designed Laser Bear Honeycomb lidar sensors, which have a vertical field of view of 95 degrees, instead of the standard 30 degrees, and a 360-degree horizontal view.

The lidar sensor has a minimum range of zero, meaning it’s able to perceive objects immediately in front of it, enabling capabilities such as near-object detection and avoidance.

Waymo’s fully self-driving technology has already driven over 10 million miles on real-world roads since 2009. Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo say that they are exploring other future collaborations.

The report of the sighting of the testing was reported by TechCrunch.

By Ray Molony, Technology Editor

18 June 2019