Honda R&D Co. Ltd. began talks with Alphabet Inc. unit Waymo over adding the latter's self-driving technology to Honda vehicles, the Honda Motor Co. Ltd. unit said Dec. 22.
Under the proposed partnership, Honda will initially provide vehicles modified with Waymo's technology, which will join Waymo's fleet undergoing tests in four U.S. cities. The deal could also allow Honda researchers and Waymo engineers to work together in developing other automated driving technologies.
Honda is planning to deploy autonomous vehicles by 2020.
Waymo used to be Alphabet's self-driving car project under the latter's research lab X.