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Honda is in talks with Waymo, Google’s newly formed self-driving car project, to supply the tech company with vehicles.

If it moves forward, it will be a technical collaboration between Honda engineers and Waymo’s self-driving technology team, allowing both teams to learn from each other and work together. Honda will have to provide Waymo with vehicles that are specially modified to accommodate the self-driving technology, while Waymo would lend Honda its insight into self-driving technology, a field every automaker is interested in these days.

The step would help Honda towards its previously stated goal of having cars with automated driving capabilities on public roads sometime around 2020. Joining forces with Waymo may also give Honda a different approach at bring self-driving technology to market by doing so with a partner rather than alone. The type of vehicle to be provided by Honda wasn’t mentioned.

Waymo just received a fleet of 100 specially fitted Chrysler Pacifica minivans for testing, so it seems that Google knows it needs to make partnerships with existing major automakers.

If both parties agree to the partnership, Honda engineers in Silicon Valley and Tochigi, Japan will work closely with Waymo engineers based in Silicon Valley and in Novi, Michigan.
Read more about Honda Could Team Up with Google’s Waymo on Self-Driving Cars at AutoGuide.com.
 

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This is bad news. The majority of roadways will never be ready. Do they ever address snow, mud, ice, etc road conditions that exist in real life? What about liability issues when they are at fault? Honda would be better off leaving this venture to be a burden to their competitors.
 

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Agreed! I don't think I could ever trust my life in the hands of a computer. I know all of the airliners use auto-pilot and the pilot can take over at anytime, but some of these self driving cars are insinuating that you can read the morning paper or text on your phone while the car does all the driving (at least that's how a majority of the public will use it.) With all of the potholes and rough (falling apart) road shoulders in Oklahoma, all would take is one good jolt to throw one of these into the ditch! :(
 

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To encourage this country to work on its infrastructure to ensure that these vehicles get developed, is all that I need to dream of the future of mobility. Just because there are potholes it makes sense to account for them in the development of these vehicles. someday maybe not in our lifetimes there will be robotic mobility for all of us. Dream of what the future could bring and plan for it. be optimistic about the developers. they too are just doing there job.
 

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To encourage this country to work on its infrastructure to ensure that these vehicles get developed, is all that I need to dream of the future of mobility. Just because there are potholes it makes sense to account for them in the development of these vehicles. someday maybe not in our lifetimes there will be robotic mobility for all of us. Dream of what the future could bring and plan for it. be optimistic about the developers. they too are just doing there job.
Nope, I don't agree. They plan on taking all the fun out of driving a car. Just as well buy a bus/train ticket. Besides, it would be impossible for them to avoid potholes and road hazards that are day to day occurrences. Manufacturers need to stay in touch with their loyal buyers to learn what they would like for their vehicles to be.
 
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