The Michigan factory will be the first of its kind to build vehicles capable of Level 4 autonomy.

Over a month after launching the first-ever commercial autonomous ride-hailing service, Alphabet’s self-driving vehicle company, Waymo, said this week that it is planning o build a new manufacturing plant. The company said in a blog post that the facility will be located in Michigan and that it will be the first of its kind to build vehicles of Level 4 autonomy, in which the vehicle drives itself, but only with limits on where. It seems Waymo hopes the new facility should help the company build its lead in this growing industry. This will be the world’s first factory 100%-dedicated to the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles,” said from the company.

The proposed deal will include investments of $13.6 million to build a manufacturing facility in Southeast Michigan. According to media reports, Michigan will contribute an $8 million grant to fund the project.

Waymo spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson said the plant is estimate to bring as many as 400 jobs to the region, with 100 positions to start, including engineers, operations experts and fleet coordinators. She said the company is looking for a site and hopes to open the plant in the middle of this year and it chose Michigan despite a ‘high level of interest’ from states in the Midwest, South and Southwest.

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