London, Mar 28 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has struck a long-term strategic partnership with US-based Waymo to develop the world’s first premium self-driving electric vehicle.

JLR and Waymo, formerly known as the Google self-driving car project, will work together to design and engineer self-driving Jaguar I-PACE vehicles.

The long-term strategic collaboration is aimed at furthering the shared goals of both companies to make cars safer, free up people’s valuable time and improve mobility for everyone, a JLR statement said.

“Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners. In joining forces with Waymo, we are pioneering to push the boundaries of technology. Together we will deliver the self-driving Waymo Jaguar I-PACE with the grace, space and eco-pace that customers expect,” said JLR CEO Dr Ralf Speth.

Waymo Jaguar I-PACEs, equipped with Waymo’s self-driving technology, will start testing later this year. On-road testing and capturing real-world data will allow Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover engineers to refine technology and deliver optimum safety and reliability, the statement said.

Under the tie-up, up to 20,000 I-PACEs will be built in the first two years of production and made available for riders of Waymo’s driverless service, serving a potential 1 million trips per day.

“While we’ve been focused at Waymo on building the world’s most experienced driver, the team at Jaguar Land Rover has developed an all-new battery-electric platform that looks to set a new standard in safety, design and capability. We’re sure Waymo riders will enjoy the safe, premium and delightful experience that the self-driving I-PACE will provide,” said Waymo CEO John Krafcik.

The company is a self-driving technology company with a mission to improve transportation by building on software and sensor technology developed in Google’s labs.

Waymo claims to be the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars with no one in the front seat on public roads. Later this year, the California-headquartered company will launch the world’s first self-driving transportation service allowing members of the public to use Waymo’s app to request a vehicle.

JLR’s Jaguar I-PACE was launched earlier this month and is the luxury car brand’s first full-electric SUV.

According to the UK’s largest car-marker, the model is all-new from the ground up and is a no compromise, desirable and practical electric performance car.

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to investing heavily, becoming automotive leaders in autonomous, connected and future electrified technologies, the statement said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.