An exclusive agreement signed by Groupe Renault and Nissan this week will see the carmakers explore driverless mobility services in France and Japan with self-driving technology company Waymo.
Under the agreement, for an initial period, the partners will investigate all aspects of driverless mobility services in the two countries for both passengers and deliveries.
The parties said that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s global footprint and its portfolio of passenger and light commercial vehicles made it uniquely suited to the business exploration with Waymo.
Under the agreement, the partners will assess market opportunities and work together to research commercial, legal and regulatory issues related to driverless transportation-as-a-service offerings in France and Japan.
“This is an ideal opportunity for Waymo to bring our autonomous technology to a global stage, with an innovative partner,“ said Waymo CEO John Krafcik.
“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.”
Groupe Renault CEO Thierry Bolloré said: “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.”
Nissan President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa said: “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.”