Honda, GM Cruise partner on new autonomous vehicle

October 03, 2018 //By Rich Pell
Honda, GM Cruise partner on new autonomous vehicle
Automaker General Motors (Detroit, MI) has announced that it and its driverless car unit Cruise Automation (San Francisco, CA) have teamed up with Honda Motor Company (Tokyo, Japan) "to pursue the shared goal of transforming mobility through the large-scale deployment of autonomous vehicle technology."

In the partnership, says GM, Honda will work together with Cruise and General Motors to fund and develop a purpose-built autonomous vehicle for Cruise that can serve a wide variety of use cases and be manufactured at high volume for global deployment. In addition, Cruise, General Motors, and Honda will explore global opportunities for commercial deployment of the Cruise network.

"Honda will work with Cruise and GM to develop an innovative, space-efficient autonomous vehicle that delivers an exceptional experience and minimizes congestion on crowded city streets," says Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise. "Sharing our technology with a partner beyond our immediate GM family is the right move for our customers and their communities. It's also the right move for Honda and accelerates our mission to bring self driving cars to as many people as possible."

As part of the agreement, Honda will contribute approximately $2 billion over 12 years to these initiatives. This is in addition to a previous $750 million equity investment that the Japanese automaker has in Cruise. In addition to recently announced SoftBank investments, this transaction brings the post-money valuation of Cruise to $14.6 billion.

"This is the logical next step in General Motors and Honda's relationship," says General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, "given our joint work on electric vehicles, and our close integration with Cruise. Together, we can provide Cruise with the world's best design, engineering, and manufacturing expertise, and global reach to establish them as the leader in autonomous vehicle technology – while they move to deploy self-driving vehicles at scale."

Honda's Executive Vice President and Representative Director COO Seiji Kuraishi adds, "Honda chose to collaborate with Cruise and General Motors based on their leadership in autonomous and electric vehicle technology and our shared vision of a zero-emissions and zero-collision world. We will complement their strengths through our expertise in space efficiency and design to develop the most desirable and effective shared autonomous

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