There’s no doubt that the automotive industry has had its eyes set on a future of autonomous driving for some time now. These days, most vehicles can be equipped with their own array of autonomous tools that help increase safety, like park assist or automatic braking. Many of the Hondas on the lot at Jack Matia Honda are set up with the Honda Sense suite of safety features like these. Beyond that, however, Honda didn’t seem to be the most competitive brand in the race for self-driving vehicles—until now.
Recently, Honda hosted journalists at their main facility in Japan in order to announce their plan to seriously invest in the move toward a Honda self-driving car. The PR gathering gave them a chance to both offer rides in prototypes of self-driving cars, and also announce an exciting new partnership with Waymo.
Waymo is a sibling to Google under the parent company of Alphabet. Waymo, the self-driving division, has made it a goal of theirs to partner with an established automaker in order to work toward developing autonomous vehicles. Since Waymo has no interest in making cars of their own, and Honda need the technological support, it seems to be a perfect match, and we can’t wait to see what this pair comes up with in the next decade.