San Francisco - Self-driving car pioneer Waymo is teaming up with Renault and Nissan to make its first journey outside the US with a ride-hailing service that will dispatch a fleet of robotaxis in France and Japan.
The partnership underscores Waymo's ambition to deploy its driverless technology throughout the world in an attempt to revolutionise the way people get around. The California company can afford to try because it's backed by one of the world's richest companies, Google, which secretly began working on driverless technology a decade ago before spinning off that project into what is now known as Waymo.
After launching its ride-hailing service in France and Japan, Waymo intends to explore other European and Asian markets with Renault and Nissan.
"This is an ideal opportunity for Waymo to bring our autonomous technology to a global stage," Waymo CEO John Krafcik said.
Waymo, Renault and Nissan didn't set a timetable for when their ride-hailing service will launch. They left most other details vague.