Renault-Nissan Alliance In Bed With Waymo

Waymo has been chosen by the Renault-Nissan Alliance as its partner to accelerate autonomous mobility in the French and Japanese markets.

In a statement the Alliance said this was an exclusive agreement focused on the potential capability of driverless vehicles to provide mobility services for both people and goods. Waymo, born out of Google’s early ventures into autonomous technology, has become seen as the market leader in testing robo-taxi services claiming to have covered more than 10M miles of on-road testing albeit not without human intervention.

The companies hope to build expertise by assessing market opportunities, working together to research commercial, legal and regulatory issues related to driverless transportation-as-a-service offerings. This analysis will first take place in France and Japan, home to Renault and Nissan headquarters respectively, and may expand to other markets, excluding China, in the future.

Thierry Bolloré, chief executive officer at Renault, said: “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.”

Nissan president and CEO, Hiroto Saikawa, added: “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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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