Google's Self-Driving Car Project Moves To New Home This Year

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In a seemingly innocent post on Google Plus, the Mountain View giant’s self-driving car division has announced it will move to a new headquarter, where it will have a development center.
We are talking about a 53,000-square foot autonomous car development center in Novi, Michigan. The city is in the Oakland county of the US state of Michigan. It is just 13 kilometers (8 miles) away from the Western border of Detroit, and just 25 miles (40 km) away from the center of Ann Arbor.

Until the opening of this new facility, Google’s self-driving car project operated from a space in the Greater Detroit area, but the division will soon have a massive building to host its activities.

You do not have to be an expert in deductions to figure out that Google’s latest investment is related to its partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The tech giant announced a collaboration with the automaker earlier this year, and it was natural for the joint teams of the two partners to work together in a larger space.

Google motivates the deal by the need to access Michigan’s “top talent in vehicle development and engineering.” The unsigned statement published with the photo in the upper part of this article means that the tech giant is possibly considering new hires in the area, as well as accessing established contractors and suppliers in Michigan that already have experience in the automotive industry.

According to Wikipedia, the small city of Novi has big employers like automotive supplier Magna International, as well as companies like Toyota Boshoku Corporation, Caparo Vehicle Component, ITS Transmission, Tata Technologies, Caterpillar, and Comau. The last on the list is a corporation which is a part of the Fiat Chrysler Group and is specialized in automation, with over 100 patents for machinery developed for the automotive industry.

Google’s currently has many partners based in the area where its self-driving technology center will be located, so it was only natural for the company to expand this division near its allies. The move will be made throughout this year, but the building still needs to be prepared for the arrival of Google’s team.

Once it is ready, Google and FCA specialists will work on self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. It is easy to understand that the engineers involved in the project from both sides are already working together, but the new space will allow a close-knit collaboration.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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