Waymo wants to build self-driving cars right in the backyard of Detroit’s Big Three. The Google spinoff, announced that it had received permission from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to build a factory in the state. However, Waymo may not build cars from scratch.
While Waymo develops its autonomous-driving systems in-house, it buys vehicles from existing automakers to use as test beds. The company’s current fleet is primarily comprised of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, and Waymo is adding the Jaguar I-Pace as well. In its announcement, Waymo indicated that the new factory will primarily focus on adding the necessary hardware and software for autonomous driving to these vehicles.
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