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Google Is Already Building Its Driverless Cars in Detroit

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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. They now even have working headlights!


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


Apparently a "team in the hundreds" is now working on the project, split between California and Detroit. Apparently thew 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]