If driverless cars are the future, the future may have come another step closer to reality on Tuesday.
And now it has one-upped Musk's baby with the Jaguar I-Pace becoming the first premium electric vehicle to make its way on to Waymo's burgeoning fleet of cars.
Earlier this year, Waymo ordered thousands of hybrid minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to be used in its driverless ride-hailing service in Phoenix. The Alphabet-owed Waymo will use Jaguar's I-Pace, an SUV that many have already noted is one of the best rivals to Tesla's growing "ownership" of the electric vehicle market.
This will be the sixth type of vehicle Waymo has added its self-driving technology to.
"Our model at Waymo isn't to be a auto company", Krafcik said during a question-and-answer session. The two companies said they've agreed to work together on a huge fleet of electric SUVs fitted with Waymo's self-driving technology.
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Waymo's Jaguar I-Pace self-driving vehicle. The Jaguar I-Pace we'll get to see much sooner, though - sometime this year is when it's going to arrive in showrooms and be available for road tests.
The partnership between Jaguar - owned by India's Tata Group, along with Land Rover - and Waymo is among the first instances of luxury brands combining with a tech company to push forward autonomous systems.
This announcement comes on the heels of the first death involving an autonomous vehicle being tested on public roads.
The announcement occurred a day before two media preview days at the NY auto show. The long-term goal for Waymo remains safety, says Krafcik. The company also said it's working with Lyft on autonomous-driving technology and will offer vehicles for rent to the San Francisco-based startup's drivers.
Toyota Motor Corp. said last week it was temporarily pausing autonomous vehicle testing following the Uber crash on USA public roads to help its test drivers, who could be experiencing "an emotional effect" from the incident. "That's the world we're building", the company said.