Google affiliate Waymo is viewed as a global leader in self-driving technology, while the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance logged combined sales of 10.8 million vehicles worldwide in 2018.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance will join up with Alphabet Inc's Google to develop autonomous taxis and other co-operation using self-driving vehicles, the Nikkei reported on Tuesday. Google's self-driving car company Waymo will work with the carmakers and state a plan for the system as early as this spring, the business daily reported. The partners are considering the joint development of unmanned taxis using Nissan vehicles and a system that handles reservation and payments, Nikkei said.
A spokesman at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance Nick Twork said, "This (Nikkei) story is based on rumors and speculation. We have nothing to announce."Google's Waymo did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Last month, Nissan Motor Corp said its board remained committed to the carmaker's alliance with Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp after directors met to discuss the ongoing investigation into former chairman Carlos Ghosn and ways to bolster governance.