With Belgian entrepreneur, Guido Dumarey, out of the picture to purchase the Elizabeth plant, new pitches are being developed to keep Adelaide from staring at a ghost town.
According to the latest report from The Advertiser, Premiere Jay Weatherill has embarked on a nine-day trade mission, where he will visit autonomous vehicle hubs in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The goal is to eventually pitch the Elizabeth plant as a driverless car hub for the southern hemisphere to General Motors, creating a world-class facility to hone the technology.
South Australia has been a voice for autonomous vehicle technology, and recently invited Volvo to conduct the first trials of driverless technology last November. Unfortunately, the test Volvo hit an inflatable kangaroo, failing to impress with its autonomy.
The Elizabeth assembly is scheduled to close in late 2017, with the plant pumping out locally-produced VF Commodore until the end.