DETROIT/PARIS (Reuters) – French car maker Renault SA and its Japanese partner, Nissan Motor Co. and technology giant, Alphabet, Inc. Waymo are exploring a partnership to develop the use of self-driving vehicles for the transport of people and goods in both France and Japan, the companies said on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of the automobile manufacturers Renault and Nissan are to be seen in front of a single-dealer businesses in Saint-Avold, France, on Jan. 15, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo
The proposed undertaking, it can also be extended to other markets, the companies said.
If the partnership is to be realised, it will have an impact on other relationships and other self-driving projects, the majority of which have not yet hit the road. Car manufacturers all over the world are re-thinking, independent, autonomous vehicle efforts, and are instead looking for partners to make a portion of the costs of the investment and regulatory risks.
In Japan, a potential rival for the Renault-Nissan-Waymo company, it would be the Monet Technology, is a self-running project, Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co., and backed by the SoftBank Group, SoftBank Corp. (a). and Honda, have invested heavily in General Motors Co., the Cruise self-driving cars unit.
In the first match of Waymo, and Renault / Nissan is committed to “the development of a framework for the deployment of services at scale,” according to Hadi Zablit, and Renault-Nissan Alliance, the business development chief. Physical testing of vehicles and implementation of the services in the later phases of the project.
The two automakers will be a 50-50 joint venture of France and Japan in the development of unmanned transport system. Zablit said later, Waymo’s investment is “one of the options is” under the microscope.
By Waymo, and they will, as well as the research, commercial, legal, and regulatory issues related to the construct automated transportation-as-a-service companies in the country.
The agreement is for a limited time, exclusive, in both countries, the blocking of the two sides of how to work with their competitors. The duration is not known.
It is not clear how to involve the Waymo may have an impact on the existing alliance between Renault and Nissan, which have been strained ever since the departure earlier this year of the old one’s chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, or of a proposed merger of Renault and Fiat-Chrysler automobiles.
FCA and Renault have reached a tentative agreement in late May to aim for a $35 billion merger. But, FCA Chairman, John Elkann, abruptly withdrew the offer on the 6th of June, after the French government, Renault s largest shareholder, as it is blocked by a board of directors vote and requested more time in order to win the support of Nissan.
Waymo at the end of last year, with the provision of a self-driving service in Arizona to be named Waymo, but with a human monitor will be on board.
Waymo also has an existing partnership with the FCA on the basis that the vehicle is in the delivery of the Chrysler Pacifica, mini-vans, for Waymo young, self-driving fleet in the United States of america, and, eventually, you can buy a self-driving systems by Waymo for the vehicle.
The case of FCA, it is also stated in the beginning of June, together with Aurora, the Silicon Valley, co-founded by former Waymo chief Chris Urmson, and is funded by the South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai Motor Co.
The alliance took an earlier step in the direction of working with the letters of the Alphabet from the previous year, when it was agreed to adopt the Google Android operating system in its future vehicles.
Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit and Laurence Frost in Paris; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall