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Self-driving tech company to add up to 400 jobs to Southeast Michigan

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan equipped with Waymo’s fully self-driving technology.

A self-driving car company is creating up to 400 jobs in Southeast Michigan. 

Waymo, a car technology company based in California, projects to spend $13.6 million on a manufacturing plant. There, they will hire engineers, operations experts, and fleet coordinators to help assemble and deploy their self-driving cars. The plant will integrate self-driving technology in pre-built cars.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) plans to give Waymo up to $8 million on a performance based grant. The first installment of $2 million will be given to Waymo when the meet some of the primary bench marks: hiring 100 employees and purchasing the plan.

Glenn Stevens is the executive director of MICHauto and serves as the Detroit Regional Chamber’s vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives. He says Michigan was chosen over competing sites in a number of other states. He says, "This is a tech company saying to Michigan, we understand that you're not only an automotive center, but your a leader in next generation mobility and we want to partner with you and we want to build our vehicles in Michigan."

Waymo, which is affiliated with Google and their parent company Alphabet Inc., is still settling on a exact location. A spokesperson said they plan on opening the plant mid-2019.

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