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Published on : Jan 05, 2018

An alliance so humongous that more than 1 out of 10 cars sold in the world comes out of their factories, every move that Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi make, decides a new trend in the global automotive industry. And the latest move from the Franco-Japanese alliance is to collaborate with technology companies and harness the concept of driverless vehicles. The niche that the alliance is concentrating on is the sharing taxis, or robo-taxis.

A team of about thousand employees has already been working under these three world renounced car makers, focused entirely on the commercialization of shared driverless cars. The alliance is even ready to announce the name of their new product in early months of 2018. Along the similar lines, their next goal is to collaborate with companies that are already indulged in the research and development of self-driving cars, such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Google.

The idea behind the new purse of tech companies by the alliance is that the former will not be building the cars themselves but will eventually sell or rent the technology. By partnering while the technology is developed, the Renault Nissan and Mitsubishi union will be able to stay ahead of the curve. They have revealed a plan to develop more than a dozen new models that will be equipped with autonomous features by 2022.

Last year itself, the three companies chunked out nearly US$8.3 billion on the R&D of autonomous cars, although are still lagging behind in the competition as General Motors Co. has announced that they are nearly ready to commercially produce a driverless car. This new push for partnership with technology companies will help the alliance to do some catching up.