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Google’s Self-Driving Car Unit Greenlights Engineering Center in Michigan

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A Google self-driving car at the company's headquarters.Photograph by Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

Alphabet’s Google self-driving car project said Wednesday it will launch this year a new technology development center in suburban Detroit.

The Mountain View, Calif. search company said in a blog post that engineers at the facility, located in Novi, Mich., will start with work fitting the company’s autonomous driving systems into Chrysler Pacifica minivans, under a previously announced agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU).

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Google (GOOG) said the 53,000-square foot facility “will help us collaborate more easily and access Michigan’s top talent in vehicle development and engineering” as it develops its self-driving vehicle systems.