Honda Motors, Cruise, and GM Take Next Steps Toward Autonomous Vehicle Mobility Service Business in Japan. Cruise to send 1st self-driving vehicles to Japan and start development for testing this year as part of Honda Motor’s new mobility business.
Honda Motors announced that it will collaborate with Cruise and General Motors on self-driving vehicles for its autonomous vehicle mobility service (MaaS) business in Japan. The business is based on the development and commercial agreements signed in October 2018. The cruise will be sending the 1st of its self-driving test vehicles to Japan and start development for testing this year.
Further ahead, Honda Motors aims to launch its MaaS business using the Cruise Origin. However, a vehicle the 3 companies are jointly developing exclusively for autonomous vehicle mobility service businesses. Honda Mobility Solutions Company, established in February 2020. It will be the operator of such a MaaS business in Japan.
Comments by Dan Ammann, CEO of Cruise:
“Cruise motor’s mission to provide more reliable, cleaner, and more accessible transportation is not limited to the US. These are major changes that are needed almost everywhere in the world, and this is a small, but symbolic step with Honda Motors on our global journey.”
Comments by Takahiro Hachigo, President & Representative Director, Honda Motor Co, Ltd.:
“This collaboration with Cruise will enable the creation of new value for mobility and people’s daily lives. That we strive for under Honda’s 2030 Vision of serving people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential. Through active collaboration with partners who share the same interests and aspirations. So, the Honda Motors will continue to accelerate the realization of our autonomous vehicle MaaS business in Japan.”
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