Self-driving vehicle tech company Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., has announced plans to set up a dedicated self-driving vehicle factory in Michigan.
Waymo said that it has received approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MDEC) to set up the factory in Southeast Michigan with the intention to establish its manufacturing presence to create self-driving vehicles in the US.
We're growing our business in #Michigan, with the support of @MEDC, establishing a manufacturing presence to build our self-driving vehicles in the state and creating hundreds of jobs along the way. #PureMichigan More: https://t.co/YVARFmEqGl
— Waymo (@Waymo) January 22, 2019
Waymo stated that it is currently exploring facility options in Southeast Michigan but did not provide details on the launch date of the factory.
The self-driving manufacturer will be working in collaboration with Magna International Inc., and automotive manufacturing company, who will assist in building the self-driving vehicles. According to Waymo, the factory will be the world's first factory that is 100% dedicated in developing mass production of level 4 autonomous vehicles.
Waymo stated that the new factory is forecast to create "hundreds of local jobs in the community," and outlined that it will be "looking for engineers, operations experts, and fleet coordinators to join our team and help assemble and deploy our self-driving cars".
In December, Waymo launched its commercial self-driving taxi service in the Phoenix, Arizona, deemed Waymo One. Additionally, Waymo CEO John Krafcik recently said that the company plans to expand its fleet to 20,000 vehicles by 2022.