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Waymo’s choice to build in Detroit likely to create spinoff benefits for Windsor

Dave Battagello, Windsor Star
April 23, 2019
The decision spells good news locally given how the Windsor Assembly Plant has benefited from a long-term deal with Waymo to purchase 62,000 Pacifica Hybrids for conversion to its self-driving platform.
Waymo has been in a race with other automakers, such as Tesla and General Motors, to make widely available the first self-driving vehicle.
“This is great news for the region,” said Flavio Volpe, head of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association. “For Waymo, there is no distinction between Windsor and Detroit. It’s very likely they will continue their relationship with the minivans.
“Picking Detroit is another feather in the cap for the region as the automotive capital — not just for North America, but the world. This is not just some startup — this is Waymo.”
“When you are from outside of the region, people look at Detroit-Windsor as the same place,” Volpe said. “This is going to mean an expanded workforce for the supply chain. There will be more work for the parts suppliers, mould makers to (companies invalid with) advanced technologies.”
Any technology company connected to Waymo’s plans “now have a real reason top set up in the region,” he said.
“This gives (Windsor) an opportunity to pitch (advanced technology) companies they otherwise might not of had a shot at and show how there is a compelling story on the other side of the river,” Volpe said.
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https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/waymos-choice-to-build-in-detroit-to-create-benefits-for-windsor
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