Google's self-driving automotive venture units up store in Michigan
The Google Self-Driving Automotive Venture, as it’s precisely named, introduced by way of Google+ yesterday that it’s constructing out a fifty three,000 sq.-foot know-how improvement middle in Novi, Michigan the place it should “additional develop and refine self-driving know-how.”
“Lots of our present companions are based mostly right here,” the workforce wrote, “so having an area facility will assist us collaborate extra simply and entry Michigan’s prime expertise in car improvement and engineering.”
Novi is about a 35-minute drive from Fiat Chrysler’s US headquarters in Auburn Hills, so it is sensible that Google would arrange store close by to be able to do some R&D work on these autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans. (It’s going to additionally give the corporate an opportunity to check some wintry circumstances to stability out these robust desert circumstances in Arizona.) Google has beforehand stated it needs to see one hundred Pacificas added to its self-driving fleet by the top of 2016, which strains up properly with their transfer-in plans on the Novi facility.