Waymo partners with Renault-Nissan to boost self-driving car ambitions
Waymo, Google's self-driving car project, has announced an exclusive partnership with Renault and Nissan to boost its driverless vehicle plans. The partnership aims to accelerate research into the commercial, legal and regulatory issues of commercial autonomous vehicles, in order to understand its feasibility, especially for people in Japan and France.
“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.”John Krafcik, Waymo CEO
Recently there has been a spate of alliances, failed deals and partnerships between a number of autonomous vehicle companies, suppliers and automakers. For example, in May, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles withdrew its proposal to merge with the Renault-Nissan Alliance in a 50-50 tie-up that would help bring self-driving cars to the market.
The new age technology faces many regulatory and technical challenges, that requires technology companies and auto manufacturers to work hand in hand to bring self-driving cars to the market.