Alphabet’s subsidiary Waymo is teaming up with French Automaker Renault and its partner with Nissan Motor Co to explore driveless services in France and Japan. They’re planning to startup with ride-hailing services that will dispatch goods and services in two countries.
The proposed venture of the trio if got successful in the two countries it may get expanded to other countries. This will take an overhaul on the other companies who are ready to hit their self-driving projects on the road. The automakers around the world are looking for partners to minimize cost and regulatory risks.
According to Hadi Zablit, Renault-Nissan Alliance business development chief, the union of the trio will aim to, “develop a framework for the deployment of mobility services at scale,” The two automaker companies will set up 50-50 joint venture in Japan and France.
With the help of Waymo, they will research commercial, legal and regulatory issues related to building automated transportation services. It is still unclear how involving Waymo will be in the existing alliance between Renault and Nissan which has been strained after the departure or the conviction of the chief executive Carlos Ghosn.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault agreed for a merger worth $35 Billion but FCA chairman John Elkann abruptly withdrew the offer on June 6 after the French government, Renault’s biggest shareholder, blocked a board vote and demanded more time to win backing from Nissan. Waymo also has an existing partnership with FCA under which Chrysler Pacifica minivans for Waymo’s emerging self-driving fleet in the United States.
“This is an ideal opportunity for Waymo to bring our autonomous technology to a global stage, with an innovative partner. 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”. Waymo had already hoped for launching the autonomous self-driving cars in the Phoenix area but now it has kept human to monitor the services since its launch.