Honda, Alphabet’s Waymo in talks over self-driving tech
Honda Motor Co. said it is in talks to supply vehicles for Waymo alphabet to test self-driving technology company,
in the latest instance of the automotive industry as a team with the technology company’s efforts to supplement the automated its own.
The talks, which come a week after Waymo became an independent company.
We can see Honda become the second partner in the technology after the company agreed Fiat Chrysler NV in May to add this technique to minivans her.
These moves show how automakers, faced with the high cost of developing the technology leadership of autonomy at home.
And decide on those going it alone, such as General Motors, Ford Motor, and that as a team for the distribution of costs.
Honda already has links with emerging technology companies, especially with Southeast Asia grabbing distance chanting service.
It has been working alone for the development of cars that can drive themselves on highways by 2020,
while stressing vehicles always require drivers.
But he said those interested in Google’s self-driving car project approach – now Waymo – completely independent of the development, and cars without driver.
“There is only so much a technology company can develop with a focus on one specific approach,” a spokesman for Honda Teruhiko Tatebe Reuters.
“Before approaching from multiple angles it is possible to come up with new innovations faster.”
At the same time, technology companies such as Waymo began to form partnerships with carmakers to
finally get its technology – seven years in the making in the case of Waymo – to more vehicles.
“You’ve got Google, which shares with the other cars to the application of technology in different vehicles
and different platforms,” senior analyst Jeremy Carlson said in a researcher IHS Automotive.
“From the standpoint of the Honda,
you get a closer look at some of the most capable in the industry technology today.”
Honda has developed functions steering mechanism and ways to connect vehicles to the Internet,
as well as artificial intelligence to enable vehicles to “thinking” while driving.
With Waymo, Honda said it may provide a modified car to accommodate the software startup l as Fiat did with Chrysler minivans Chrysler Pacifica her.
She also said there was a possibility to cooperate “closely” between Honda and Waymo engineers.
Waymo representative said that the company “is looking forward to exploring opportunities for cooperation with Honda.”