Honda Motor’s research and development subsidiary is in talks to integrate Waymo’s self-driving technology with its vehicles, suggesting that working with auto makers as a technology partner is key on the agenda of Alphabet’s autonomous car unit.
A collaboration between the two companies would focus on the integration of Waymo’s fully self-driving sensors, software and computing platform into Honda vehicles, the car maker said Wednesday.
The Waymo tie-up will “allow Honda R&D to explore a different technological approach to bring fully self-driving technology to market,” alongside its own ongoing efforts.
“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,” said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “I would expect Apple to participate in a similar manner where they’re not delivering the entire car, but the electronics.”