Waymo firms up plans for autonomous car assembly plant in Detroit
Waymo said it has reached an agreement with American Axle Manufacturing to lease a factory in Detroit, where it will integrate its self-driving systems onto vehicles provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar.
Waymo will invest $13.6 million to adapt a plant within the supplier's Holbrook Avenue campus and says it could eventually grow to 18,500 square meter.
In January, when Waymo laid out its ambitions to find a manufacturing plant in southeast Michigan, Waymo said as many as 400 engineers from Canada's Magna International partner, could eventually be hired to perform the system integration. Waymo did not say Tuesday how many employees would be hired initially.
Waymo, the Google's autonomous vehicle project launched in 2009, has repeatedly stated that it expects to be "up and running" by mid-2019.
It will start using its vehicles in Waymo One, the commercial ride-hailing service launched in December 2018 in Phoenix.