Jaguar has announced a deal to produce up to 20,000 self-driving versions of its new I-Pace electric vehicle, in a tie up with a major autonomous car firm.

Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving project, will work with Jaguar to design and engineer the vehicles – the first premium models to be part of the Waymo project.

Vehicle testing will begin later this year and the I-Pace will subsequently form part of Waymo’s public self-driving car service, also due to launch later this year. The service enables members of the public to request a vehicle using a mobile app, and will initially launch in Phoenix, Arizona. The I-Pace will join this public fleet in 2020.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said: “With the Jaguar I-Pace we have a world-beating car that’s captured the imagination of customers around the world.

“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.”

Waymo CEO John Krafcik said: “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.”