The RnD unit of Honda Motor is learned to have contacted Alphabet’s newly named subsidiary Waymo to work with the driverless project together.
The two anto and tech giants are to focus on the integration of autonomous sensors, software and computing platform.
Waymo said it will allow the partner’s RnD subsidiary to explore a different technological approach to help developing a complete self-driving technology and release for the public.
Moor Insights and Strategy president and principal analyst Patrick Moorhead said, “I think these kind of deals between tech and auto giants like Waymo and Honda make sense given the sheer investment required to effectively deliver a fully autonomous car.”
Moorhead added further he expect Apple too should follow similar strategy when they are not developing just the electronics and not delivering the entire car.
Meanwhile, Honda expects its automated driving technology could be on roads by 2020.
With the deal Honda’s RnD engineers in Silicon Valley, California, and Tochigi, Japan, will work closly with Waymo engineers based in Mountain View, California, and Novi, Michigan.