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Waymo will set up shop in Michigan to build self-driving vehicles
by Jay Bonggolto
Waymo announced today its plan to manufacture self-driving vehicles in Michigan after the state's authorities granted permission to set up shop in the region. The company has yet to pick a specific production facility in Southeast Michigan, but its selection of the state comes as no surprise given its important role in the country's auto industry.
In a Medium post announcing its plan, Waymo said it will hire engineers, operations experts, and fleet coordinators over the next few years as part of efforts to expand its manufacturing presence in the area. The company added:
It has already been testing its self-driving vehicles in the state since late 2017. The Alphabet-owned company will collaborate with auto industry supplier Magna to bake its self-driving software into different vehicles.
Waymo's fleet of autonomous vehicles includes Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land Rover. Earlier last year, the company purchased 62,000 Pacifica minivans as part of an expanded partnership with the automobile maker. This was preceded by a long-term strategic deal signed between Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover a few months prior for the development of self-driving electric vehicles.
Apple's Michigan Avenue store opens in Chicago
by Paul Hill
Apple has opened its latest store in Chicago. Apple Michigan Avenue, the company’s “newest and most ambitious store”, is situated along Chicago’s riverfront and acts as a connection between North Michigan Avenue, Pioneer Court, and the river. The store will aim to enliven the Riverwalk with year-round Today at Apple educational programming.
Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail, said:
One of the key features with the new store is that it reconnects Pioneer Court with the riverfront. It has granite staircases on both sides of the transparent store, opening up a view from the plaza to the river, and beyond, giving locals of the area easier access to the river from the plaza.
If you’re in the area you can attend ‘The Chicago Series’ which builds on existing Today at Apple programming. Each program in the series is co-created with local non-profits and creative organizations and focuses on a theme or project designed to make a positive impact in the community.
PLYMOUTH , Mich., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A woman in Michigan discovered a box full of 19 puppies while out for a jog in a park.
Julie Newman found the open urine-soaked box filled with 4-week old puppies underneath a tree approximately three feet away from the jogging path in Hines Park in the city of Plymouth at around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, according to the Humane Society of Huron Valley.
"I could hear little yelps," she said. "And then I saw a box that was moving."
Newman, who owns two rescue dogs herself, called her sister to help her bring the puppies to the humane society.
"I'm just heartbroken," Newman said. "I just don't understand how anyone could do this."
The nine male and 10 female puppies, believed to be pit bull terrier mixed breed, received medical care upon arriving at the humane society and will be available for adoption once their treatment is completed.
The Humane Society of Huron Valley is seeking information about the person who abandoned the puppies.
"It's hard to say why someone would dump puppies in a park. But there is no good reason for such a careless act. This is exactly why animal shelters exist -- to provide safety and care to animals in need," HSHV CEO Tanya Hilgendorf said. "We don't ever want to see animals, especially babies, abandoned in the cold, left to fend for themselves. Thanks to a compassionate community member willing to take action, these innocent puppies will get the help they deserve. When they're ready, they'll be adopted into loving homes -- but first spayed or neutered to help ensure this doesn't happen again."
Five bicyclists were killed and four injured Tuesday when a pickup truck seen driving erratically moments earlier plowed into them just north of Kalamazoo, Mich., police said.
One neighbor who saw the truck after the accident told The Detroit Free Press that it "looked like it hit a brick wall."
The driver tried to flee on foot, but was nabbed shortly after the 7 p.m. incident, said police. The horrific scene took place near a park in Cooper Township, and local prosecutor Jeffrey Getting said the bicyclists were pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither the suspect nor the dead and injured were immediately identified. Authorities said the driver was a 50-year-old man from western Michigan, and that no children were hurt.
Getting said police had received multiple calls warning were made about the pickup earlier Tuesday "over concerns" about erratic driving. He said authorities had been searching for the driver, but there was no active pursuit at the time of the accident.