So for those who don’t know, Michigan boasts more connected and automated vehicle projects than any other state. It was announced on tuesday that Midwestern state will employ up to 400 more folks in self-driving cars in the coming years.
Waymo has come out to say that it plans on building it self-driving cars at a Metro Detroit facility, and this will also be the first factory in the world dedicated to mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles. In a blogpost by waymo announcing the new vehicle they said, “As we begin to commercialize our business and vehicle supply grows,
we’re laying the foundation for a scalable, robust vehicle integration plan, starting in Michigan,” it was reported that the company,waymo, recieved an $8 million grant from the MEDC to revamp the facility, which will employ up to 400 engineers, operations experts, fleet coordinators, and others.
Though the exact location of the facility has not been confirmed yet, they said they are gonna ooutfit its self-driving hardware and software into vehicles includingFiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land rovers. Michigan since 2017, and engineers in the state are already installing Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans with Waymo technology.The state is ideal for a self-driving car office because of its “excellent snowy conditions” and local automotive engineering talent.
MEDC CEO Jeff Mason toldThe Detroit News, “The company really could have gone anywhere,” “This is another great example of a company from the West coast really seeing the advantages Michigan has to integrate both engineering and manufacturing, find high-tech talent and where the company can grow and prosper.”