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Waymo partnering with Renault-Nissan for autonomous taxis?

by Justin King

The expected agreement will further expand Waymo's fleet beyond Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land Rover agreements.

Waymo is reportedly engaged in talks with the Renault- Nissan- Mitsubishi alliance to bring more self-driving taxis to market.

The companies are in the final stage of discussions and expect to announce a formal agreement as early as spring, according to a Nikkei report.

Waymo has already signed deals with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land Rover to secure a diverse fleet of vehicles that will be converted to fully self-driving taxis at a facility in Michigan. Riders will consequently be presented with a choice between different types of vehicles, depending on the type of trip such as taking kids to a soccer game or going out to see a movie with a date.

The Google-owned company is widely viewed as the clear leader in autonomous driving, launching the first 'commercial' service in a limited section of the Phoenix suburbs this year. The Renault-Nissan alliance represents the number-two global automaker with 10.8 million vehicles sold in 2018, though the company has apparently fallen behind in pursuing autonomous technology.

The partnership between Waymo and Renault-Nissan may extend beyond a mere vehicle supply agreement, perhaps including a platform for handling reservations or payments, according to the latest unconfirmed report.

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