Honda In Talks With Google’s Waymo For Self-Driving Tech

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Honda R&D Co. is in talks with Google's Waymo, Alphabet Inc.'s standalone company, to enable the automaker to use self-driving technology in its cars.

Google can develop highly capable autonomous driving system, but not much about building actual cars. Honda manufactures million of cars every yearbut has made little progress in the self-driving technology front.

Honda in a statement announced that both the companies are in talks and the automaker hopes to learn how Waymo's sensors and software can be integrated into Honda vehicles through a collaboration between engineers of the companies.

If the formal talks leadto an agreement, Honda Motor Co. would be the second automaker - after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - to work with Waymo. The formal agreement will mark another step from Waymo into commercialization of autonomous technology.

The potential agreement could get Honda provide vehicles to Waymo's self-driving fleet. Waymo's current fleet testing autonomous features include 30 of the "Koala" cars and 100 of Chrysler Pacifica minivans provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Honda has said that it will offer autonomous technologies in its cars as soon as 2020 on public roads. Waymo introduced itself as an independent company last week under the Alphabet umbrella.

CEO of Waymo John Krafcik said at a press conference that it was is in talks with automakers but could not reveal details. He added that the company would not manufacture vehicles on its own, but will focus on autonomous technology for the purpose like trucking, logistics, ride-hailing and licensing to automakers.

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Story first published: Saturday, December 24, 2016, 11:34 [IST]
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