The Alliance (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi) has entered a trial partnership with Alphabet subsidiary Waymo to explore all aspects of driverless mobility services in France and Japan.
With a global portfolio covering every segment of passenger and light commercial vehicles, the Alliance is well positioned to research commercial, legal and regulatory issues related to driverless Transportation as a Service offerings in the two countries, with the option to explore other markets in future. This includes taxi services and deliveries.
To further the exploration process, the Alliance will look to form joint ventures dedicated to driverless mobility services.
“The story of tomorrow’s mobility will be jointly written, with the cooperation of the alliance with Waymo, as industry leaders, opening new perspectives for driverless mobility services,” said Thierry Bolloré, CEO, Groupe Renault.
“We believe this partnership will accelerate our commitment to deliver new shared mobility services and benefit the automobile ecosystems by placing us at the forefront of driverless mobility new business streams in our key strategic markets.”
John Krafcik, CEO, Waymo, added, “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.”