Honda is in talks with Google’s Waymo

The self-driving car venture that began life eight years ago as a side-project at Google is in talks with Honda over what would be only its second alliance with a big carmaker. News of the discussions was announced yesterday, barely a week after Google’s parent, Alphabet, made clear it was pushing harder to make money from its self-driving technology. The self-driving car unit was split out into a separate business unit and rebranded Waymo last week… Honda said the talks with Waymo concerned putting the company’s driverless car technology into its vehicles… The initial goal… was to create cars that could be added to Waymo’s existing test fleet of vehicles — the same target as a co-operation agreement with Fiat Chrysler, which is adding the driverless technology to some of its minivans. Though still small-scale and involving only a handful of test vehicles, the collaboration discussions mark a breakthrough for the former Google unit after several years in which the established car industry looked on the internet company’s ambitions with suspicion.


Richard Waters and Tim Bradshaw