Uber will be setting up shop in Detroit, the automotive capital of the U.S. The move comes as the company is busy developing and testing self-driving cars. The facility will serve as an engineering hub for Uber’s self-driving project.
It should be noted that the facility won’t be manufacturing its own vehicles, but instead will serve as hub for local manufacturers to modify cars to be a part of Uber’s self-driving fleet.
In speaking with Automotive News, VP of global vehicle programs Sherif Marakby said that the Detroit hub “is collaborating with the Tier 1s…because we are not going to be designing our own hardware.”
Perhaps to accelerate development and to be in a state that is autonomous car testing friendly, Uber will establish engineering facilities San Francisco and Palo Alto. Marakby said that Uber will be in close talks at the local and state level—perhaps to allow for road testing in Detroit.