As you know already, Fiat Chrysler is currently in partnership with Waymo for supplying vehicles (minivans to be exact) to the self-driving car project. However, it has officially been confirmed that they are now also talking with Honda Motors with the prospect of finding a second auto industry partner in them. Considering that Honda wants self-driving cars to be a feasible option for consumers by the year 2020, there’s a good chance that the deal might go through.
In an effort to make the company’s intentions clear, John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo said,
“We are a self driving technology company,”
“We’ve been really clear that we’re not a car company, although there’s sometimes some confusion on that point. We’re not in the business of making better cars. We’re in the business of making better drivers.””
The reason behind the possible partnership was explained by Teruhiko Tatebe.
“There’s only so much technology a company can develop while focusing on one specific approach,”
“By approaching it from multiple angles it’s possible to come up with new innovations quicker.”
According to Waymo, self-driving cars can and will reduce death rates related to car accidents all around the world by simply cutting out the “human error” factor from the driving scenario. Waymo did manage to exhibit their first completely self-driven, public car ride in Austin, Texas last year. Hopefully, this likely partnership with Honda will help them achieve their goals faster.