Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance to partner Waymo06/21/2019
Groupe Renault and Nissan have entered into an exclusive agreement with Waymo to explore all aspects of driverless mobility services for passengers and deliveries, in France and Japan. This agreement aims to expand all parties’ collective expertise by assessing market opportunities, as well as to research commercial, legal and regulatory matters related to driverless transportation services in both countries.
“This is an ideal opportunity for Waymo to bring our autonomous technology to a global stage, with an innovative partner. With the Alliance’s international reach and scale, our Waymo Driver can deliver transformational mobility solutions to safely serve riders and commercial deliveries in France, Japan, and other countries,” said Waymo CEO John Krafcik.
The agreement between the automaker group and Google’s autonomous vehicle division represents a first step in developing long-term, profitable driverless mobility service operations, the automaker said. The research will first take place in the respective home countries of the alliance members, and could expand to other regions in the future, such as China.
“The story of tomorrow’s mobility will be jointly written, with the cooperation of the Alliance with Waymo, as industry leaders, opening new perspectives for driverless mobility services. We believe this partnership will accelerate our commitment to deliver new shared mobility services and benefit the automobile ecosystems by placing us at the forefront of driverless mobility new business streams in our key strategic markets,” said Groupe Renault CEO Thierry Bolloré.
“As we continue our work through the mid-term plan to evolve our business to meet changing consumer behavior, Nissan aims to be an early provider of driverless mobility service. Our expertise in the global automotive industry and strategic partnership will enable us to explore opportunities to grow and deliver new value to customers with Waymo,” said president and CEO of Nissan Hiroto Saikawa.
Google first renamed its autonomous vehicle division to Waymo at the end of 2016, which followed the winding down of Apple’s own car project that same year. Work had commenced with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on self-driving Chrysler Pacifica MPVs, where FCA took charge of the earmarked 100 vehicles’ design and engineering, and Google handled the integration of sensors and computers.
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