Honda might provide cars to Google's Waymo

Updated: 26 December, 2016 13:07 IST | |

The Japanese Automaker is in talks with Google's parent company Alphabet's Waymo to outfit its cars with the latter's self-driving tech

Ever since Waymo – a company born out of the Google self-driving car project – came into being, automakers have been vying to collaborate with the tech giant for its automated driving technology. Honda recently announced that its R&D subsidiary has entered into formal discussion with Waymo to integrate its self-driving tech into Honda vehicles. Also, the Japanese automaker has previously announced that it wants to put production vehicles with automated driving capabilities on highways sometime around 2020.

A few days ago, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) revealed its Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid that was outfitted with Waymo's self-driving tech. FCA has manufactured 100 Pacifica Hybrids, which will add to Waymo's self-driving fleet early next year.

If both the companies agree on entering into a formal agreement, Honda's boffins based in America and Japan would work closely with Waymo engineers. Like in Chrysler's case, if everything goes as per plan, Honda could provide uniquely built vehicles which can accommodate Waymo's self-driving technology, and would join Waymo's existing fleet which is currently being tested across four cities in the US.

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First Published: 26 December, 2016 10:52 IST

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