Google’s Waymo Partners Renault-Nissan on Self-driving Cars


The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has partnered with Alphabet Inc.’s Google with the aim of developing self-driving taxis and other services using autonomous vehicles. This is according to a report by media outlet Nikkei earlier today.

Google and Nissan partner to challenge General Motors, Audi, others

The partnership between the allied companies and Google will see Waymo, Google’s autonomous driving car company merge resources with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The alliance will see them challenge other companies in the self-driving vehicle space including General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Toyota, and other.

The carmakers are expected to announce a plan for the partnership by this spring, the report added. The companies are looking at joint developed of self-driving taxis using Nissan vehicles. The vehicles will have a system that takes care of reservations and payments.

A spokesman at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance Nick Twork commented that the story is nothing but speculation at the moment. He stated that “This (Nikkei) story is based on rumors and speculation.  We have nothing to announce.”

Waymo has meanwhile refused to comment on this latest report.

In January, Nissan Motor Corp announced that its board is still committed to the alliance it entered with Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. the announcement came after the company’s directors met to discuss the investigation into their former chairman Carlos Ghosn while also discussing ways to boost governance.

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