New Google Development Center Coming to Metro Detroit

The tech company is opening a new development center in Michigan this year.
Work in progress at the Google self-driving technology development center in Novi, Mich.

Work in progress at the Google self-driving technology development center in Novi, Mich.

Novi, Mich.—Google announced it’s taking its Self-Driving Car Project to Metro Detroit. The company will be opening a 53,000-square-foot self-driving technology development center in Novi, Mich. Work is currently underway for setting up the new facility, but the projects should be complete and operational by the end of the year. The investment comes after several years of collaborations between specialists from the Greater Detroit area and Google for the Self-Driving Car Project.

“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. Our engineers, working with local partners, will further develop and refine self-driving technology. One of the first tasks will be to ready our self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans,” company representatives said in a Google+ post.

One of the first tasks for the new technology center will be working on the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. Recently, Google signed a partnership with Fiat Chrysler to produce autonomous vehicles and announced that the first vehicles could be on the road by the end of the year.