Honda and Google’s Waymo in Talks About Self-Driving Car Technology

Honda and Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, are discussing ways to integrate the two companies’ autonomous car technologies.

Honda unveiled a prototype self-driving car in June, but said a proposed deal did not mean it was abandoning efforts to develop its own autonomous driving system.

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Waymo was introduced as a separate Alphabet entity earlier this month, and Automotive News reported that the company’s CEO, John Krafcik, said it would not manufacture vehicles on its own, but would focus on developing self-driving technology for purposes such as trucking, logistics, ride-hailing and licensing to automakers.

Should the talks lead to a formal agreement, Honda could provide test vehicles for Waymo’s fleet as well as have U.S. engineers working directly with Waymo’s staff.

It is unclear which vehicles would be provided.

Waymo’s current fleet includes about 30 of its own “Koala” cars and 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans, provided by Fiat Chrysler following an agreement reached in May.

A collaboration between the two companies illustrates the high costs that automakers face developing autonomous driving technology in-house.

“There’s only so much technology a company can develop while focusing on one specific approach,” Honda spokesman Teruhiko Tatebe told Reuters. “By approaching it from multiple angles it’s possible to come up with new innovations quicker.”

Waymo said it was “looking forward to exploring opportunities to collaborate with Honda to advance fully self-driving technology and make our roads safer”.

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