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Jaguar self-drive car revealed in New York

Rtv online desk
|  27 Mar 2018, 00:00 | Update : 27 Mar 2018, 20:57
The first self-styled ‘premium’ autonomous car has been unveiled in New York - and it's a Jaguar.

The vehicle, made in conjunction with Google's self-driving unit Waymo, will be tested on public roads this year.

By 2020, the firms say 20 thousand self-driving Jaguar Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) will be part of Waymo's public fleet.

The launch comes a week after an Uber self-driving car killed a woman in the state of Arizona in USA.

The investigation into that crash is ongoing.

Waymo has committed to launching the first fully-driverless taxi fleet - without a human safety driver - in Arizona by the end of 2018.

Waymo is a company spun out of Google's self-driving department and is owned by Google's parent company, Alphabet.

It describes the Jaguar I-Pace as the world's first premium self-driving vehicle.

Until now, Waymo's fleet had been made up mostly from Chrysler Pacifica models adapted to contain Waymo's sensor technology.

The I-Pace is already breaking new ground for its maker, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) - it is the first full-electric vehicle from the company, which is owned by India's Tata Motors.

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