Google is constructing a new self-driving R&D centre in Michigan

Google's self-driving car projects get a new home in Motown

Google is to open an R&D centre just outside the confines of Detroit.

A new 53,000 square foot development centre, which is located in Novi, Michigan, will be used to house engineers of Google and their partners of their self-driving car projects.

"Many of our current partners are based here, so having a local facility will help us collaborate more easily and access Michigan's top talent in vehicle development and engineering," said Google in a blog post.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Google choosing to locate their new research and development centre just outside of Detroit shows the tech behemoth's commitment to a joint relationship between themselves and American automakers.

"For the past few years, members of our team have been working from the Greater Detroit area. Now it's time to lay down roots: we're establishing a self-driving technology development centre in Novi, MI," Google said.

The construction of Google's new facility will mark the first time that the company has had a physical presence in the area.

Earlier this month Google announced that they will be partnering with Fiat Chrysler by adding around 100 of their vehicles to their fleet of self-driving automobiles. Google claims that one of their first priorities at their new facility will be to ready their newly acquired Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

04/05/2016: Google partners with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Google has struck a deal with Fiat Chrysler to put 100 self-driving minivans on US roads.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The search engine giant's partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will mark the first time the company has directly collaborated with an automaker to create any number of self-driving vehicles.

This comes amid a recent coalition between Google, Ford, Uber and Lyft, which was created to help shape the laws and regulations that will be needed for self-driving vehicles to hit public roads.

The test fleets of Google were previously composed of independently bought Lexus SUVs, Toyota Prius, and an in-house made prototype, which has no steering wheel or pedals.

"We're planning to more than double our fleet with the initial addition of about 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, and we hope the first few will be on the road by the end of this year," said Google in a blog post.

The car maker and Google will be collaborating to ensure that the minivans used in the project will be customised so Google's hardware and software can be easier adjusted to the automobiles.

Advertisement - Article continues below

"The minivan design also gives us an opportunity to test a larger vehicle that could be easier for passengers to enter and exit, particularly with features like hands-free sliding doors," Google said.

Google claims that this collaboration will enable them to further realise the potential of self-driving vehicles, along with improving road safety and possibly making transportation accessible to many more millions of people.

Now having expanded their programme to a total of four US cities, Google sees this partnership with FCA as necessary to progress their self-driving technologies.

Featured Resources

Preparing for long-term remote working after COVID-19

Learn how to safely and securely enable your remote workforce

Download now

Cloud vs on-premise storage: What’s right for you?

Key considerations driving document storage decisions for businesses

Download now

Staying ahead of the game in the world of data

Create successful marketing campaigns by understanding your customers better

Download now

Transforming productivity

Solutions that facilitate work at full speed

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/network-internet/email-providers/356388/how-to-share-your-google-calendar
email providers

How to share your Google Calendar

8 Jul 2020
Visit/network-internet/web-browser/356359/google-chrome-86-update-could-add-28-to-your-battery-life
web browser

Google Chrome 86 update could add 28% to your battery life

6 Jul 2020
Visit/security/privacy/356320/privacy-groups-warn-against-googles-acquisition-of-fitbit
privacy

Privacy groups warn against Google's acquisition of Fitbit

2 Jul 2020
Visit/network-internet/internet-of-things-iot/356310/google-makes-seasonal-savings-free-for-all-nest
Internet of Things (IoT)

Google makes Seasonal Savings free for all Nest owners

1 Jul 2020

Most Popular

Visit/mobile/google-android/356373/over-2-dozen-additional-android-apps-found-stealing-user-data
Google Android

Over two dozen Android apps found stealing user data

7 Jul 2020
Visit/laptops/29190/how-to-find-ram-speed-size-and-type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

24 Jun 2020
Visit/cloud/356260/the-road-to-recovery
Sponsored

The road to recovery

30 Jun 2020