Google finally has its first all-electric car for Street View capture. The tech giant and Jaguar Land Rover announced today that they have teamed up to build an all-electric I-Pace SUV with the equipment needed to capture Street View footage and deployed the car in Dublin, Ireland .
The I-Pace will also collect more general Google Maps data and will be equipped with air quality sensors from Aclima – something Google has been doing with its Street View cars for most of the past decade. The I-Pace collects street-to-street air quality data in Dublin, measuring nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions, as well as fine particles. Google makes the data available to Dublin City Council.
Jaguar Land Rover and Google are no strangers. The sibling company Waymo – which started as an autonomous vehicle project within Google but was founded in 2016 – uses Jaguar I-Paces in its self-driving car tests.
“We are always looking for opportunities to improve our fleet and there is the potential to increase our fleet in the future, but there are currently no updates to share,” a Google spokesperson said when asked if the company planned to use even more electric cars for Street View.
Launched in 2018, the $ 70,000 I-Pace will hit about 246 miles on a full charge (after a software update expanded its range in late 2019).