Honda and Alphabet enter discussions on technical collaboration of fully autonomous car tech

Honda R&D Co., Ltd., the R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced today that it is entering into formal discussions with Waymo, an independent company of Alphabet Inc., to integrate its self-driving technology with Honda vehicles. This technical collaboration between Honda researchers and Waymo’s self-driving technology team will allow both companies to learn about the integration of fully self-driving sensors, software and computer into Honda vehicles.

As part of the discussion on technical collaboration, Honda could initially provide Waymo with vehicles modified to accommodate Waymo’s self-driving technology. These vehicles would join Waymo’s fleet, which are currently being tested across four U.S. cities.

This collaboration would take place with Honda R&D engineers based in Silicon Valley, California and Tochigi, Japan, who would work closely with Waymo engineers based in Mountain View, California and Novi, Michigan.

Honda previously announced its intention to put production vehicles with automated driving capabilities on highways sometime around 2020 related to its goal of a collision-free society. In addition to these on-going efforts, this technical collaboration with Waymo would allow Honda R&D to explore a different technological approach to bring fully self-driving technology to market. Through these joint efforts, Waymo and Honda R&D will begin to explore the potential of a broad range of automated driving technologies.


RELATED POSTS

Jaguar XE confirmed as new name for an all-new mid-sized sports saloon
2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback spied for the first time
New Bentley Continental GT V8 prototype spied on the 'Ring, could be the new RS version
One-off Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato debuts at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat comes with two key fobs - red one unleashes 707 hp
Watch the next Ford Mustang SVT / GT350 testing on the Nürburgring
Kia teases the third-generation Sorento with bolder and rounder styling
All-new 2015 Cadillac ATS-V saloon and coupe revealed with 455bhp
Rinspeed Budii autonomous concept previewed ahead of 2015 Geneva Motor Show
Ariel Nomad off-roader revealed with minimalist styling and rear-wheel drive
Actor Rowan Atkinson selling his McLaren F1 for £8 million
Very rare Porsche 964 turbo is for sale by Hexagon