DETROIT -- Google is latching onto the mobility tech hub Ford Motor Co. is developing at Detroit's long-abandoned train station in Corktown.
The tech giant and the automaker said Friday that Google will provide its cloud-based technological services at Michigan Central, the new name for Ford's mobility innovation campus centered on the old train depot, Michigan Central Station.
"When you get a partner like Google, it's a game-changer," Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said during a news conference at the train station that's still in the midst of a years-long rehabilitation project that's expected to be complete by mid-2023.
Separately, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ford committing $126 million in new and existing state resources toward infrastructure, housing and workforce training that support's Ford's $950 million investment in the Corktown campus.