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Waymo to Repurpose American Axle Plant in Detroit to Make Autonomous Cars

M. Corey Goldman

In a blog post titled Making Waymos in Motor City, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced that it will lease and repurpose American Axle's existing Detroit facility to mass-produce the cars, and that the factory will be operational by mid-2019. Waymo said in January it had chosen Michigan for its first production facility, adding it would receive incentives from the public-private partnership agency, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and create up to 400 jobs over time exclusively related to self-driving. "Today, we're excited to announce that we've found the perfect facility in Detroit," Krafcik said.