Google gets closer to Detroit

Google’s head of self-driving cars made a splash at Detroit’s auto conference Wednesday, revealing for the first time that the Mountain View company’s new car prototypes are made there (actually, in nearby Livonia or Allen Park, as Michigan media suspected back in May) and confirming it wants to partner with big auto manufacturers to get autonomous cars carrying passengers by 2020 or so.

Chris Urmson, head of Google’s self-driving car efforts, told reporters at the auto show that it was Michigan-based manufacturing firm Roush that built the two-seater prototypes recently delivered to Silicon Valley. The Detroit Free Press called it a “marriage of California tech and Motown know-how.”

 

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