Self-driving vehicle developer Waymo has received approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to manufacture its vehicles in the state, leading to the potential creation of hundreds of self-driving jobs.
“Thanks to our collaboration with MEDC, we’ll bring new job opportunities to the talented citizens of Southeast Michigan,” said Waymo in a statement announcing its plans.
Waymo will begin by working to identify a manufacturing facility in Southeast Michigan in which to integrate its self-driving hardware and software into the vehicles it uses in its fleet.
Over the next few years, the company hopes to create hundreds of additional local jobs. “We’ll be looking for engineers, operations experts, and fleet coordinators to join our team and help assemble and deploy our self-driving cars,” said Waymo.
“This will be the world’s first factory 100%-dedicated to the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles.”
Waymo said that it is also partnering with Magna to help integrate its self-driving system into its vehicle fleet, using a team hired exclusively to work with Waymo.
The company already has some operations in Michigan, where its engineers outfit its Chrysler Pacifica minivans with Waymo’s self-driving technology.