Waymo is reportedly looking to prepare signing a collaborative deal with Honda to build a driver-less vehicle. This would be the third automaker that Waymo has a partnership with, they currently have agreements with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and last week agreed with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to co-develop autonomous vehicles. However, according to Bloomberg the partnership with Honda is to be focused on the $164 billion delivery and logistical markets
Back in 2016, Honda indicated that it had entered discussions with Google’s Waymo, it hinted at some kind of “technical collaboration” involving engineers from both companies. Waymo CEO chief John Krafcik suggested that this collaboration will co-create a vehicle from scratch rather than modifying an existing model. Krafcik hinted that since its going to be a delivery vehicle and that it might be smaller than a truck and may not feature a steering wheel or brake pedals. This collaboration brings forth Waymo’s vision of delivering people and products autonomously. Meanwhile, Honda said both companies are “continuing to explore” the relationship and how to work together and bring this idea to fruition.
Currently Waymo has a large fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans and a fleet of 20,000 Jaguar I-Paces coming soon. So, if this deal with Honda pulls through, this may involve a much larger fleet than what Waymo is currently running.
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