Waymo will build its self-driving vehicle fleet in Detroit

CEO John Krafcik wrote Tuesday in a Medium post that the company will repurpose an existing facility in Motor City with the goal of being operational by mid-2019.

Back in January, the company announced it had chosen Southwest Michigan as the location of its new facility for the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles, the first of its kind in the world.

"We will partner with American Axle & Manufacturing to repurpose an existing facility, bringing a workforce back to an area where jobs in the automotive industry were recently lost," Krafcik wrote.

He also added that the location would allow Waymo to take advantage of Michigan's strong talent pool in engineering, operations and fleet coordination.

GM is still planning on building production versions of its self-driving Cruise car at the Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan.

While it likely won't make up for the job loss due to GM's departure, a few other automakers are also building new operations in Michigan.

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