It may seem like something from a science fiction movie, but driverless cars will be on the road in the not-too-distant future. To help make this a reality, Mitsubishi and Waymo have teamed up through the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Waymo is Google’s autonomous vehicle division. The Alliance has pledged to work on autonomous driving technology with Waymo in Japan and France, where the companies have their respective headquarters. They will also plan future testing in those markets for self-driving cars.
While it is possible that this partnership could result in a specific self-driving car model, it seems it is mainly focused on creating a driverless car service. The Alliance is ideally positioned for this task since it has a vehicle portfolio that covers nearly every segment of both passenger and commercial vehicles.
If you feel uneasy about cars that can drive themselves, just remember that the technology is making big leaps forward year after year. In addition, many autonomous features are already available in new cars. For example, adaptive cruise control can speed up and slow down to keep pace with traffic by using cameras and radar systems. Some cars can even park themselves with just a little input from the driver.