Offbeat Waymo-branded Jaguar I-Pace vehicles hit the streets of San Francisco

19:26  12 july  2018
19:26  12 july  2018 Source:   techcrunch.com

Audubon Zoo jaguar escapes, kills six other animals

  Audubon Zoo jaguar escapes, kills six other animals The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans remained closed on Saturday after a jaguar escaped its habitat and killed six other animals. Audubon Zoo said the 3-year-old male jaguar, named Valero, was spotted outside his enclosure by a zoo employee around 7 a.m. Valero attacked four alpacas, one emu and a fox. The animals died. Kyle Burks, vice president and managing director for the zoo, said at a news conference that Valero was sedated by a team of veterinarians and the animal was returned and secured in his area. No humans were injured. The zoo was closed Saturday but said it will reopen Sunday.

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Waymo's next phase in self-driving cars has begun.

The former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet has received its first three all-electric I-Pace crossover sport utility produced by Jaguar Land Rover. These I-Pace EVS — the first on U.S. roads outside of JLR's own fleet — can be seen driving around the San Francisco Bay Area.

These aren't operating autonomously just yet. For now, Waymo is testing the vehicle's performance on roads to generate self-driving system design requirements and develop durability tests, the company told TechCrunch.

Fox is 9th casualty after jaguar's weekend escape at zoo

  Fox is 9th casualty after jaguar's weekend escape at zoo The death of a wounded fox brings to nine the number of animals that have died as the result of the weekend escape of a jaguar from its enclosure at the zoo in New Orleans. Audubon Zoo officials say on the zoo's website that Rusty, one of two foxes attacked by the big cat, died Monday.NEW ORLEANS — The death of a wounded fox brings to nine the number of animals that have died as the result of the weekend escape of a jaguar from its enclosure at the zoo in New Orleans.

Jaguar I - Pace will be the second official vehicle in Waymo ’s robot taxi fleet. Waymo plans to launch its fully driverless commercial ride-hailing service in Phoenix later this year. And it has test vehicles on the road today in Michigan, San Francisco , Washington state, and Atlanta.

We’re joining forces to design and engineer the world’s first premium electric fully self-driving vehicle , built for Waymo ’s transportation service. This new self-driving Jaguar I - PACE blends Jaguar ’s knack for innovative design with Waymo ’s cutting-edge self-driving technology

Waymo announced in March a strategic partnership with Jaguar Land Rover to develop a self-driving electric I-Pace for a driverless transportation service. The plan is for the electric SUV to become part of Waymo’s driverless fleet beginning in 2020.

Ultimately, up to 20,000 modified I-Pace vehicles will join Waymo’s soon-to-be-launched driverless ride-hailing service in the first two years of operation.

The Jaguar I-Pace SUVs are a piece of Waymo's larger plan to build a self-driving system to be used in ride-hailing, delivery and logistics such as trucking, connecting rides with public transit and licensing the technology with automakers for personally-owned vehicles.

How Google's parent company is paving the way to become a transportation giant .
Google's parent company, Alphabet, has made many bets on the future of transportation, including deals through a wide array of investment arms and numerous internal projects.Earlier this week, The Financial Times reported that the holding company directly invested in electric-scooter startup Lime, even as its venture capital arm, GV, led the startup’s funding round.

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