Google’s Self-driving Unit Waymo Will Help Renault, Nissan Make Driverless Cars

Posted: Jun 20 2019, 4:52am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Google’s self-driving unit Waymo will help Renault, Nissan make driverless cars
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In the race with Tesla, whose self-driving car would make it to the finish line?

Waymo, the Google self-driving car project that later became a stand-alone subsidiary, is partnering with Renault and the Italian-American carmaker’s Japanese alliance partner, Nissan Motor, to develop driverless mobility services.

In a press release announcing the move, Renault said the two companies are the first car manufacturers to explore the project with Waymo in France and Japan.

The partnership comes at a time when automakers shift away from diesel to electric cars. With electrification comes more sophisticated initiatives that are aimed at either becoming the market leader or just keeping up with the latest trends on the automotive industry. For Renault, Nissan and other key automakers, Tesla is seen as the biggest threat.

Meanwhile, the Renault-Nissan-Waymo tie-up will explore the use of driverless vehicles in passenger transportation or in deliveries in both France and Japan. Waymo’s ride-hailing service may still be in its infancy, but the company is already working its way up in the race with big names such as Uber and Lyft. The company’s advantage is its knowledge of autonomous cars that can operate without drivers.

Despite the competition, Waymo and Lyft last month teamed up to offer driverless ride-hailing services in some markets in the U.S.

Waymo’s technology uses sensors and hardware that allow for enhanced vision system and laser-based lidar to operate.

Meanwhile, Renault said it will work with Nissan and Waymo in assessing market opportunities and secure legal and regulatory requirements needed to offer driverless transportation-as-a-service offerings in the two countries.

The deal could be seen as Renault and Nissan’s strategy to cut development costs since the creation of driverless systems for cars. The two companies are among the majority of carmakers that have been established long before the arrival of Tesla, which did not start out as a regular carmaker, but an electric vehicle manufacturer.

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