Renault and Nissan will work together with Waymo to explore driverless mobility services for passengers and deliveries in France and Japan.
The Alliance of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi covers every single segment of passenger and light commercial vehicles and is thus uniquely suited to explore this business alongside Waymo, an autonomous tech company whose systems have already covered more than 10 million miles (16 million km) on public roads.
This agreement is meant to represent the first step towards developing long-term, profitable driverless mobility services operations, and following the initial trial run in France and Japan, an expansion to other markets (excluding China) could follow in the future.
“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. 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,” said Renault Group CEO Thierry Bollore.
Meanwhile, Nissan president and CEO Hiroto Saikawa also looks forward to his company becoming an early provider of autonomous services, stating: “As we continue our work through the mid-term plan – Nissan M.O.V.E 2022 – to evolve our business to meet changing consumer behavior, Nissan aims to be an early provider of driverless mobility service. Our expertise in the global automotive industry and expertise in strategic partnership will enable us to explore opportunities to grow our portfolio and deliver new value to customers with Waymo, the recognized leader in this space.”