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Waymo Announces Facility In Mesa

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A Waymo self-driving car.

Now two years into the self-driving car program, Waymo is opening a second service facility in Mesa that is expected to create hundreds of jobs.

Waymo spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson says Mesa was an easy choice for the new Technical Service Center.

“Mesa has been an incredible partner in those years, and we already have our location down in Chandler, so when you look at our service map it naturally was a great fit.”

Mesa Mayor John Giles says he expects the company to bring innovation and ... "a large facility that’s going to have a lot of high quality jobs in our community.”

The service facility is expected to open later this year. Waymo brought its autonomous vehicles to Chandler in 2016.

Tuesday’s announcement comes a year after a self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a Tempe pedestrian and later halted its program in Arizona.

Isabella Hulsizer is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, studying broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. Hulsizer teaches a class on college readiness at Arizona State University. She has always had a passion for journalism, stemming from her love of making others feel heard.Hulsizer is a Chandler native with tons of pride for all Arizona sports, despite their track record.In her free time, she enjoys hiking, discovering new music, and testing out new coffee shops. She loves all things glitter, and has no shame advocating for the Oxford comma.