Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Co., and Waymo announced that they have entered into an exclusive agreement for an initial period to explore all aspects of driverless mobility services for passengers and deliveries in France and Japan.

The agreement is designed to bring together the strengths of each party and expand expertise by assessing market opportunities, working together to research commercial, legal, and regulatory issues related to driverless transportation-as-a-service offerings in France and Japan.

The companies say that the agreement is a first step to developing driverless mobility service operations. This analysis will first take place in France and Japan, and may expand to other markets, excluding China, in the future.

Groupe Renault and Nissan added that they will create joint venture companies in France and Japan dedicated to driverless mobility services.