“Waymo wanted to be the brains and have Honda be the brawn”
Highlights of the breakup between Waymo and Honda:
Waymo wasn’t willing to share the substantial technology it had already developed to run autonomous vehicles.
Over the past two months, Honda workers went to San Francisco to take a deep dive into GM Cruise’s technology. Its engineers took multiple rides a day for weeks, one of the people said. Honda got to examine Cruise’s code and get a close look at the technology, which is something Waymo doesn’t like to do.
Waymo likely wouldn’t have sold a stake as GM did with Cruise.
GM is open to other partners, even more carmakers. “This is a space that’s evolving rapidly,” the company said. “We’ll talk to any partner.”