Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo in talks with Honda on technical collaboration

By : |December 22, 2016 0

Google self-driving car project is in talks with Honda on integrating Waymo self-driving software and sensors on Honda vehicles. Honda announced the discussion around technical collaboration in a press release on Wednesday.

The press release said, that this collaboration would help, “both companies to learn about the integration of Waymo’s fully self-driving sensors, software and computing platform into Honda vehicles.”

Earlier this month, Google’s Waymo did give obvious hints on being open for potential partnerships for being a supplier of self-driving tech to OEMs.

Release also stated that the previously announced plans of Honda are still very much life. They had earlier shown an intent to put production vehicles with automated driving capabilities on highways sometime around 2020 related to its goal of a collision-free society.

Now, along with these on-going efforts, this technical collaboration with Waymo could allow Honda R&D to explore a different technological approach to bring fully self-driving technology to market. Honda clearly specified that these discussions are an initial step that will allow Waymo and Honda R&D to further explore the potential of a broad range of automated driving technologies.

With both Honda and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo aiming at building a sustainable future for automated driving this surely looks like a match made in heaven.


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