Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance would be tied up in order to develop self-driving, autonomous taxis and other riding services utilizing the self-driving technologies, a Nikkei report revealed on Tuesday, the 4th of February, 2019.
Meanwhile, a business daily report revealed that the Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company would be working side by side with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and announcing a plan required for arranging the tie-ups as early as this spring.
According to the Nikkei report, the car makers’ tie up would consider a joint development of autonomous taxis using Nissan vehicles and an AI based system, which would handle the payments and reservations. Despite ongoing waffling in the market, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance declined the news of tie-up and Google’s Waymo had also declined to comment while being asked about a plausible merger in terms of autonomous taxi development.
A spokesman at Renault-Mitsubishi-Nissan alliance, Nick Twork had been quoted saying that the story had been based on complete rumor and speculations and the company had nothing to announce at this moment. The news of a possible partnering up came at a time, when Nissan-Renault alliance had been facing a turbulent period over an upper-hand on the alliance, following the departure of former alliance boss Carlos Ghosn over the allegations of financial misconducts.
Despite the differences and daedal drama over the past couple of months, since the arrest and dismissal of former Nissan boss on November 19th, 2018, last month, the Nissan Motor Corp had said that they would be remaining committed to their alliance with Mitsubishi and Renault SA.