In an announcement earlier today, Waymo revealed that it will be joining Nissan and Renault to bring autonomous vehicles to consumers in France and Japan.
With the latest partnership, the companies will explore different aspects of autonomous driving technology going forward. However, the companies haven’t revealed if Waymo will be responsible for bringing its technologies to vehicles designed for different purposes.
While we aren’t certain at this point, the latest partnership is more than likely to be similar to Waymo’s previous agreements with other automobile manufacturers. However, if the official press release anything to go by, we might be getting several vehicles from different segments of both Nissan and Renault. The company wrote, “The Alliance of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, with a global footprint and portfolio covering every segment of passenger and light commercial vehicles, is uniquely suited to join this business exploration with Waymo, a self-driving technology company building the world’s most experienced driver with more than 10 million miles on public roads.”
The company also revealed that Waymo will conduct its analysis in France and Japan to learn more about the technology before moving to other countries in the coming years.
This latest announcement shouldn’t come off as a shock given the ever-increasing popularity of autonomous driving technologies in recent months. Just recently, some of the major automobile manufacturers including Volvo, Hyundai and Volkswagen have all signed similar deals to bring self-driving vehicles over next couple of years.