It is official: Waymo opens an autonomous vehicle factory in Motor City.
Or to be precise, Waymo builds a factory to turn old, stupid cars into smart autonomous cars. Months after announcing that the company would bring its self-driving car operation to Michigan, the company announced on Tuesday that it would open a remodeled factory in Detroit. In selecting the facility where Waymo will produce Tier 4 autonomous vehicles in series production, the company said it was looking for a location that would not only allow future growth, but "enable us to get up and running by mid-2019".
"We are delighted to join the dynamic community of Detroit that is helping to shape the future of the automotive industry in the city where it all began," the company said.
The Alphabet Daughter gave surprisingly few details to the project in a blog about the news, and Waymo avoided our specific questions in an e-mail when asked to comment. With a memorandum from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday reported that Waymo's operation brings "at least 100 jobs with a potential for 400 jobs and a capital investment of $ 13.6 million."
In a separate blog post in January After MEDC approved a grant of $ 8 million for its autonomous car operation, Waymo said it would fill a number of posts, including roles in operations and construction, and fleet coordination , Waymo also said that there will be a partnership with manufacturer Magna International to integrate its self-propelled technology into "our fleet of various vehicles," which includes vehicles from Jaguar Land Rovers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, for which the latter is responsible. For Waymos uglier Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans as a sin.
In a statement to the news, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement that the company "could have positioned the world's first 100% dedicated vehicle factory anywhere. We greatly value the trust shown by John Krafcik and the Waymo team in the Motor City.
In late 2017, Waymo announced that he would bring the abominable minivans mentioned above to Detroit to master the harsh winter conditions of the region as navigational conditions, as snow can be difficult for the sensors autonomous vehicles must 'see'. Previously, the tests were limited to sunnier, flatter regions such as Califonia and Pheonix, Arizona, where the autonomous taxi service Waymo One was launched in December. 19659004] However, these climates are much easier to navigate. John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, tested his self-propelled technology in the winter cores of Detroit: "We will have the opportunity to assess the performance of our sensors in both wet and cold conditions. And it will also build on the advanced driving skills we've developed over the past eight years by teaching our cars how to skate on icy, unpaved roads.
It is hoped that Waymo will be greeted warmer than in Detroit. This happened from the rock-breaking, raging Arizona.