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

Arnold Schwarzenegger buys a tank, wants you to crush things with him
Hennessey Venom GT "World's Fastest Edition" announced
Unique Porsche Macan S by Porsche Exclusive
On-board video of the Porsche 918 Spyder in Texas at Circuit of the Americas
New smart fortwo and forfour prototypes teased in promo video
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate revealed with a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman patent pictures are here
Updated 2015 BMW 6 Series revealed with a new face
Top driver tech for 2015
Nissan has over 500 electric taxis on European roads
Jeep celebrates 75th anniversary with world's first pop-up dealership, accessible only by 4X4
BMW unveils a new i3 and i3S
linode.com