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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-23-2016, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Honda Could Team Up with Google’s Waymo on Self-Driving Cars



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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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If you have an interest in a self-driving car, stay home and the hell off the roads.
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If you have an interest in a self-driving car, stay home and the hell off the roads.
I would be more worried about all this self driving crap being hacked especially the self driving Tractor Trailers!
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I have no denial of the phenomenon and technology's inevitable presentation of automated vehicles to us- take a Google gander at the extent of automation going on in seaports these days, or even the amount of robotics going on in an Amazon warehouse. I just dread the loss (well, further loss) of the skills required to drive a vehicle properly, such as the rev-matching going on automatically in many cars out there now, nevermind double-clutching. I don't care for this automatic lane watching stuff, nor automatic braking. I'm not even that keen on anti-lock brakes, so you can see where my attitude is on this stuff. The straight-cut, non-synchro'd first gear in my Sprite wasn't a challenge for me, including getting it into first while moving without clash nor grind.

But if they can do all the things they're doing already, I'd expect overcoming the hackers will be accomplished as well.

And I think we'll be seeing self-driving cars in fair numbers even before 2020. Dammit.
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