Honda has announced that it will collaborate with Cruise and General Motors on self-driving vehicles for its autonomous vehicle mobility service (MaaS) business in Japan. Cruise will be sending the first of its self-driving test vehicles to Japan and start development for testing later this year.
Honda aims to launch its MaaS business using the Cruise Origin, a vehicle the three companies are jointly developing exclusively for autonomous vehicle mobility service businesses. Honda Mobility Solutions Co., Ltd., established in February 2020, will be the operator of such MaaS business in Japan.
In 2018, Honda announced a $750 million equity investment in Cruise.
Takahiro Hachigo, President & Representative Director, Honda Motor Co, Ltd. says: “This collaboration with Cruise will enable the creation of new value for mobility and people’s daily lives, which 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, Honda will continue to accelerate the realization of our autonomous vehicle MaaS business in Japan.”
Dan Ammann, CEO of Cruise, adds: “Cruise’s mission to provide safer, 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 on our global journey.”
Honda and its partners build products in more than 60 manufacturing plants in 27 countries, employing more than 208,000 associates globally