Google Is Already Building Its Driverless Cars in 'Motor City'

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Google is teaming up with auto builders in Detroit to build its driverless cars, according to Chris Urmson, director of Self-Driving Cars for Google.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the pod-like prototypes first unveiled by Google last May are now "being developed and assembled at a Roush facility". These are iterated, "more refined" versions of the first prototypes that now even have working headlights. Goodness.

A new batch of cars will soon be built in Detroit, swelling the test fleet to 150, but then be shipped to California for actual testing. Clearly, the folks at Google are fair-weather motorists.

Apparently a "team in the hundreds" is now working on the project, split between California and Detroit. Apparently the Detroit workers are a mix of relocated Mountain View staff and locals—presumably hired for the automotive know-how.

There's little else new mentioned in the Detroit Free Press article. But honestly, the keeping of this project as all-American should be enough. [Detroit Free Press]