Honda’s research and development group (Honda R&D Co) has entered into discussions with Google’s Waymo to integrate self-driving tech into Honda vehicles. The collaboration would, Honda says, allow both companies to learn about the integration of Waymo’s sensors and software into Honda vehicles.
As part of the discussion on technical collaboration, Honda could initially provide Waymo with vehicles modified to accommodate Waymo’s self-driving technology. These vehicles would join Waymo’s existing fleet, which are currently being tested in four US cities. Honda’s engineers in both Silicon Valley and Japan would work closely with Waymo engineers.
This integration could lead to Honda’s introduction of autonomous production vehicles by 2020, one of the company’s stated goals.