Honda to supply vehicles for Google’s self driving tech company, Waymo?

Google announced in December it would be expanding its self driving project into its own independent company called Waymo. Its mission? “To make it safe for people and things to get around.” A week later and Honda Motor Co Ltd has revealed it is now in talks with the company to supply vehicles to test Waymo‘s self-driving technology, Reuters reported.

Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google, partnered up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV in May after the automobile company agreed to fit 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans with the Waymo technology. The vehicles have now been delivered. Honda could now become the tech firm’s second automotive industry partner.

According to Reuters, these moves “illustrate how carmakers, faced with the high cost of developing autonomous driving tech in-house, are separating into those going it alone, such as General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co, and those teaming up to spread the costs.”

Honda itself has been developing automated driving functions and cars with intelligent features but has in the past emphasised that cars always need drivers. Now, the company has said it is interested in the approach of Google’s self-driving car project to develop fully autonomous, driverless cars, Reuters said.

“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.”

“You’ve got Google, which is engaging with another automaker to apply its technology into different vehicles and different platforms,” said senior analyst Jeremy Carlson at researcher IHS Automotive. “From Honda’s perspective, you get a close-up look at some of the most capable technology in the industry today.”

Source: Reuters


The Japanese Connection offers a wide range of professional Japanese translation or interpreting services worldwide, with specialists in many areas including lawbusiness and engineering.  Indeed, our level of specialism coupled with excellent customer service accounts for our ever-expanding list of clients from around the world. To find out how our services can assist you, please visit our website or contact us directly by email. You can also visit our blog guide to doing business in Japan.

Member of: ATCITIProz


1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

One response to “Honda to supply vehicles for Google’s self driving tech company, Waymo?

  1. Pingback: Tesla releases first ‘affordable’ Model 3 electric cars to early buyers | Translation and Interpretation Services Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s