Self-driving technology development company Waymo has announced that it is planning to open an autonomous vehicle factory in Detroit, Michigan.
Waymo has partnered with American Axle & Manufacturing to repurpose an existing facility and hopes to have the factory up and running by mid-2019.
In January of this year, Waymo announced it would open the world’s first factory 100% dedicated to the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles.
Detroit Governor Gretchen Whitmer said, ‘By choosing to establish its new facility in Detroit, Waymo is continuing the city’s momentum and further cementing Michigan as a leader in mobility and the epicenter of advanced automotive manufacturing.’
‘More and more Silicon Valley companies are looking to grow in Michigan as they realize the competitive advantages Michigan has to offer: high-tech engineering resources, top-notch research and design, and a highly skilled workforce matched with a low cost of living and low cost of doing business,’ added Whitmer.