Waymo To Bring Self-driving Cars To France And Japan With Nissan-renault

Waymo To Bring Self-Driving Cars To France And Japan With Nissan-Renault


Waymo, Nissan, and Renault have teamed up to bring self-driving cars to France and Japan, the companies announced today. They have inked an exclusive agreement to explore all aspects of driverless mobility services for both passengers and deliveries in these countries. The announcement is a little light on details about any concrete plans to launch self-driving taxi services, for example.

It appears to be an arrangement similar to the ones that Waymo has announced with other car manufacturers. That’s probably why the wording in this announcement is somewhat vague as well.

Waymo Partners With Nissan, Renault On Robotaxis Outside U.s.

Waymo partners with Nissan, Renault on robotaxis outside U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO — Self-driving car pioneer Waymo is teaming up with automakers Renault and Nissan to make its first journey outside the U.S. with a ride-hailing service that will dispatch a fleet of robotaxis in France and Japan. The partnership announced late Wednesday underscores Waymo's ambition to deploy its driverless technology throughout the world in an attempt to revolutionize the way people get around. The Mountain View, California, company can afford to try because it's backed by one of the world's richest companies, Google, which secretly began working on driverless technology a decade ago before spinning off that project into what is now known as Waymo. After launching its ride-hailing service in France and Japan, Waymo intends to explore other European and Asian markets with Renault and Nissan. "This is an ideal opportunity for Waymo to bring our autonomous technology to a global stage," Waymo CEO John Krafcik said. Waymo, Renault and Nissan didn't set a timetable for when their ride-hailing service will launch. They left most other details vague. It seems likely it will still be several years before Waymo will be in a position to pose a serious challenge to Uber, the world's largest ride-hailing service. Although Waymo's self-driving technology is widely considered to be the world's most advanced, it still isn't adept enough to be trusted without a human poised to take control in case something goes awry with the robot. Waymo had hoped to launch a fully autonomous ride-hailing service last year in the Phoenix area, but instead is still keeping human safety drivers in those vehicles more than six months after it rolled out. That service, known as Waymo One, is still only offering rides to a few hundred passengers that previously participated in a test program. Krafcik told the German newspaper Handelsblatt last year that Waymo will likely use a different brand for its ride-hailing services outside the U.S. That could be one reason Waymo is working with France-based Renault and Japan-based Nissan, household names in their home countries. Waymo has previously struck deals with two automakers, Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar, but those involved ordering tens of thousands of vehicles to be equipped with self-driving technology for services in the U.S. So far, Waymo is only using Fiat Chrysler minivans for its Phoenix service. The partnership with Renault and Nissan also involves a long-time alliance they formed with Mitsubishi. But the fate of that alliance has been in limbo since Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of both Renault and Nissan, was arrested late last year on charges that included falsifying financial reports.

Waymo May Work On Self-driving Cars With Renault-nissan

Waymo May Work On Self-Driving Cars With Renault-Nissan


Waymo has already worked with the likes of Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover on self-driving cars and is now said to be in talks about a potential partnership with the powerful Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. According to reports Waymo, a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is in the “final phase” of talks with this alliance for a partnership on self-driving cars.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is quite powerful. Its global sales crossed 10.8 million automobiles last year so it can prove to be a resourceful partner for Waymo, a company that’s looking to put self-driving vehicles on the road for its autonomous taxi service.

Renault-nissan Reportedly Partnering With Waymo On Self-driving Cars

Renault-Nissan reportedly partnering with Waymo on self-driving cars

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance will tie up with Alphabet Inc's Waymo to develop autonomous taxis and other services using self-driving vehicles, the Nikkei reported on Tuesday. Google's self-driving car company Waymo will work with the carmakers and announce a plan for the arrangement as early as this spring, the business daily reported. The partners are considering the joint development of unmanned taxis using Nissan vehicles and a system that handles reservation and payments, Nikkei said. A spokesman at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, Nick Twork, said, "This (Nikkei) story is based on rumors and speculation. We have nothing to announce." Waymo did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Last month, Nissan Motor Corp said its board remained committed to the carmaker's alliance with Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp, after directors met to discuss the ongoing investigation into former chairman Carlos Ghosn and ways to bolster governance.

Among the companies developing autonomous driving technology, Waymo is considered to be far in the lead in terms of test-fleet miles driven. It operates hundreds of vehicles in 25 U.S. locations, and is already operating a taxi service with paying customers in Chandler, Ariz.

Waymo And Honda May Co-create An Autonomous Car From Scratch

Waymo And Honda May Co-Create An Autonomous Car From ScratchNot only is Waymo operating a fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles but it also intends on purchasing 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace models as part of a self-driving taxi service. The technology company is also working with a third automaker, Honda, but details about the company’s work together remains limited.

Waymo To Announce Self-driving Car Partnership With Honda Soon

Waymo To Announce Self-Driving Car Partnership With Honda Soon


Waymo, the self-driving concern of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has shown any intentions of slowing down after the fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving car. While other companies like NVIDIA and Toyota have suspended tests following the accident as a precautionary move, Waymo is keeping its head down and working toward its goal. According to a new report, the company has yet another self-driving car partnership to announce soon, this time with Japanese auto giant Honda.

Just last week, Waymo announced a premium self-driving electric car with Jaguar called the I-PACE. The sleek SUV has been developed for city-driving, it’s all-electric and fully autonomous. Waymo plans to have up to 20,000 of these SUVs in its self-driving taxi fleet by the next couple of years.

Honda And Google’s Waymo Discuss Potential Partnership

Honda And Google’s Waymo Discuss Potential PartnershipHonda and Waymo announced that they are entering into formal discussions to integrate the latter’s self-driving technology in Honda models.
If these discussions prove to be successful, a new technical collaboration will start between Honda’s R&D and Waymo to allow both companies to learn about the integration of fully self-driving sensors, software and computer into a vehicle.