GM and Cruise lend a hand to Honda's self-driving mobility service

Cruise isn't launching in Japan, but it will help Honda with its own future mobility service.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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Cruise Origin in Japan

Honda wants to give Cruise a big welcome in its home country.


Honda is in for a little help from General Motors and Cruise. On Wednesday, the Japanese automaker said GM and Cruise will help its upcoming self-driving mobility service in Japan. How exactly? Cruise and GM will directly provice assistance with the future testing of  self-driving cars .

Details surrounding Honda's service are slim, but the help from GM and Cruise is a continued extension of a couple intertwined partnerships. While Cruise is now an independent subsidiary, Honda did make heft investments into the company in the past. GM and Honda also agreed to a sweeping North American alliance last year to futher cooperation. In fact, GM and Honda will both help Cruise develop its Origin self-driving vehicle.

While Cruise isn't launching in Japan, it will send the first of its self-driving cars to Japan this year to begin coordinating with Honda on its own service in the future. When the time is right, Honda plans to tap the production Cruise Origin as its vehicle of choice.

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