Honda Motor is contemplating expanding its collaboration with General Motors to include such high technology as autonomous cars, IT, and even vehicle electrification.
Since 2013, GM and Honda have been and currently are collaborating on developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicle propulsion technology, which only emits water vapor. The two automakers struck the partnership in July 2013 and plan to release fuel cell vehicles under their own brands in 2020, four years after Honda’s planned launch of its independently-developed fuel cell car in 2016.
Honda CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, was quoted as saying in an interview on Friday that the collaboration between the two has been going extremely well and that they are considering expanding it “on a technological level”.
“We want to consider expanding the collaboration to include self-driving technology, information technology and electrification,” Hachigo said.
Honda currently lags behind GM when it comes to autonomous (driverless) vehicle technology and does not have concrete plans for manufacturing a vehicle with such technology. Meanwhile, GM will deliver autonomous vehicle features in certain Cadillac vehicles in 2017.
Meanwhile, GM hasn’t been as adept as Honda traditionally at hybrid vehicle technology. However, recent announcements of all-new vehicles such as the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and Cadillac CT6 PHEV show this to be rapidly changing.
In addition, an expansion of the partnership would likely also drive down development costs, development time, and possibly even manufacturing costs and time thereby increasing efficiencies.