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Foxconn considering driverless car R&D facility in Michigan

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2017-08-08
Foxconn is considering building  a “multi-billion dollar” R&D facility in Michigan for self-driving cars, reports the South China Morning Post.

“Automotive development in the US is still more advanced than China,” Foxconn founder Terry Gou told the Post, “besides self-driving technology, I’m also interested in artificial intelligence and deep learning technology.”

Gou told the China Daily newspaper: “”Besides Wisconsin, Foxconn is also in talks with other states. We will cooperate with Michigan on next generation auto technology, such as Internet of Vehicle (IOV) and self-driving cars. The Michigan investment will be unveiled soon, yet the transaction amount cannot be released.”

Subsequently Foxconn issued a statement: “”Foxconn currently has a small presence in Michigan and we have great respect for the work being done by Governor Rick Snyder and his team to create a welcome environment for investment as they seek to expand economic development in the state and create more jobs for the people of Michigan. As we have previously said, Michigan is one of the states that we are considering as an investment location and our company is conducting an evaluation of the conditions for establishing a facility in that state.”

Governor Snyder is in China on a nine-day trade mission to the country. “I believe we have a strong future with Foxconn,” he says! “while I don’t have an announcement to make today, I think there are very exciting things to come in the future.”

Snyder recently signed into law a new income tax incentive that would allow companies that create hundreds or even thousands of new jobs to keep some or all of their income tax withholdings on the new hires.

Last week Foxconn announced a $10 billion investment in Wisconsin which is said to be creating 13,00 jobs at an average salary of $53,000. Thst plant will build LCDs.

President Trump later said that Gou had told him ‘off the record’ that he had plans to build a total of three facilities in the US.

Michigan and Wisconsin are two of three states, the third being Pennsylvania, which unexpectedly pushed Trump over the top in delivering enough Electoral College votes to secure him the US presidency.