Renault-Nissan are joining forces with Waymo to explore the possibility of putting driverless service vehicles on French and Japanese streets. The press release describes the agreement as “a first step to developing long-term, profitable driverless mobility services operations.”
Renault-Nissan and Waymo are moving up a gear in their pursuit of autonomous transportation. On June 20th, Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Co. and Waymo announced an exclusive agreement to “explore all aspects of driverless mobility services for passengers and deliveries in France and Japan”.
The agreement allows for Waymo’s front-running self-driving technology to be combined with the global reach Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi enjoy as the world’s largest automotive alliance. The companies’ respective expertise will be put to good use by evaluating both the opportunities and the commercial, legal and regulatory issues that concern developing driverless mobility services, starting with France and Japan – the home countries of Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor Co.
The CEOs of Waymo, Groupe Renault, and Nissan Motor Co. are raising expectations with their comments on the agreement:
John Krafcik, CEO, Waymo
"This is an ideal opportunity for Waymo to bring our autonomous technology to a global stage, with an innovative partner. With the Alliance’s international reach and scale, our Waymo Driver can deliver transformational mobility solutions to safely serve riders and commercial deliveries in France, Japan, and other countries.”
Thierry Bolloré, Chief Executive Officer, Groupe Renault
"The story of tomorrow's mobility will be jointly written, with the cooperation of the Alliance with Waymo, as industry leaders, opening new perspectives for driverless mobility services. We believe this partnership will accelerate our commitment to deliver new shared mobility services and benefit the automobile ecosystems by placing us at the forefront of driverless mobility new business streams in our key strategic markets.”
Hiroto Saikawa, President and CEO Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
"As we continue our work through the mid-term plan – Nissan M.O.V.E 2022 - to evolve our business to meet changing consumer behavior, Nissan aims to be an early provider of driverless mobility service. Our expertise in the global automotive industry and expertise in strategic partnership will enable us to explore opportunities to grow our portfolio and deliver new value to customers with Waymo, the recognized leader in this space."
Read the full press release here: