Honda is in talks with Google’s Waymo on self-driving technology

Honda is in talks with Google’s Waymo on self-driving technology

In a Wednesday announcement, bigwig Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. said that it is in collaboration talks with US tech giant Google’s Waymo self-driving car project.

Waymo is the autonomous driving unit of Google’s parent firm Alphabet Inc. At present, Waymo has 58 self-driving cars on US roads; with another 100 self-driving plug-in hybrid minivans manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to be added in early 2017.

About the talks to collaborate with Waymo, Honda said that a deal between the two companies will pave the way for equipping some of Honda’s cars with Waymo’s self-driving technology. However, the companies also said that, as of now, the talks – which currently are in “mid-stage” – are chiefly related to research, instead of full production vehicles.

As a result of the proposed partnership deal, Waymo’s sensors, computers and software will be tested in Honda’s vehicles. Initially, the Honda vehicles outfitted with Waymo technology will probably join the Waymo fleet of self-driving test cars rather than be made available for purchase to customers.

With regard to the collaboration talks with Honda, Waymo said in a statement that it is "looking forward to exploring opportunities to collaborate with Honda to advance fully self-driving technology and make our roads safer."

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