Google’s self-driving car spinoff announced its plans for an autonomous vehicle factory in Michigan Tuesday. The facility, which Waymo says will be the first of its kind, will be dedicated entirely to the production of Level 4 autonomous vehicles. This is just one step below full automation, meaning that at Level 4, the car drives itself but will still have a steering wheel and pedals so a human can drive when necessary.
This will be Waymo’s second Michigan facility — the first opened in 2016 in Novi and was used as a development center for testing the company’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Waymo has also taken advantage of the state’s inclement weather to test its autonomous vehicles in snowy and icy conditions.