Published on : Jun 21, 2019
Waymo plans to study how commercial autonomous vehicles would fare in Japan and France in regards with passengers and packages. For this, it has entered into an exclusive partnership Nissan and Renault. The announcement points towards a pre-decided expiry date, as it says that this partnership will last for an initial period of time. However, the companies involved in the agreement emphasize on this announcement as their first step. This suggests that this partnership will go a long way. Neither Waymo nor Nissan and Renault were ready to reveal anything more on the timeframe.
Perfect Opportunity for Waymo to Establish Commercial Services
As of now, the basis of this agreement is the research that Waymo has planned to carry out. The legal, commercial, and regulatory issues would form the main factors in the research. However, John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo, considers this as an opportunity to establish commercial services in Japan and France. Further, he also looks forward to expand in China and other economies.
In a statement, Krafcik said this is the perfect opportunity for Waymo to bring out its autonomous technology on the international stage. Further, this will happen because of the partnership with innovative organizations. With the international reach and scale of Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, Waymo’s driver can offer transformational mobility solutions to riders and commercial deliveries. Further, they can serve them safely in Japan and France. Nissan and Renault plan to introduce a joint venture in Japan and France that will be devoted to autonomous vehicle mobility services.