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Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi Hunting for Robo-taxi Deals With Tech Companies

While they consider building cars for sale as their main job, major car companies are looking into expanding to the Robo-Taxi business. Working with the larger tech companies is a possibility, but developing their own tech is equally important as they look to the future expansion of their business models and what future customers may be looking for. GM is at the top of the heap heading this direction, but Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi are also looking to explore the options available and working together to develop for this important possibility.

Key Takeaways:

  • The alliance consisting of Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi Motors is currently searching for partners for a plunge into the robo-taxi business
  • If the Alliance chooses to start a competitive service, rather than simply building self-driving cabs for sale, there would be little reason for ride-hailing firms to back the venture
  • Combined, the companies invested a total of $8.3 billion in research and development last year, which is on par with General Motors. But GM still appears to be in the lead when it comes to autonomous development.

“Nissan’s plan for autonomous technology isn’t nearly as clear.”

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/01/alliance-robo-taxis/