Google has been working on its self-driving car technology for years. It ultimately created its own prototype self-driving car and is now working with Fiat Chrysler on baking the technology inside its minivans. The company today announced that it’s creating a new “self-driving technology development center” in Novi, Michigan, some 30 miles northwest of Detroit.

For the past few years, members of the Google self-driving car team have been working from their base in the Greater Detroit area. The company believes that it’s now time for the team to have a bigger and better place to carry out its work.

This 53,000 sq ft development center will house Google engineers who will further develop and refine the self-driving technology as well as other employees that will continue work with local partners, they’re close to Motor City after all.

Since many of Google’s current partners are based in this area, having a local facility will enable it to collaborate with them more easily while also having access to Michigan’s top talent in vehicle engineering and development.

One of the first tasks that the team will work on in its new digs will be to ready the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. They will start moving into the new facility throughout 2016.

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