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Oct. 27, 2016

Google’s self-driving car team furthering work in Valley

Chandler’s Economic Development Division has been working with Google to sign a lease for a 39,000 square-foot facility in west Chandler, which will serve as Google’s hub for its self-driving car project testing in the Valley. 

Last April, Google’s self-driving car project announced that it would begin testing its self-driving cars in Chandler, Ariz. Over the last six months, Google’s self-driving cars have learned what it’s like to drive in Chandler’s distinct desert conditions, including extreme heat and dust storms. Google’s experience in Chandler has played a crucial role in helping their engineers refine their self-driving capabilities. 

“This emerging technology is helping to diversify our already outstanding reputation as the tech-hub of the southwest,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “We are thrilled that Google is making a home in Chandler.”

Google’s Chandler-based team includes operations leads and trained test drivers, who will use the new facility to maintain their self-driving vehicles and grow their testing operations in the Valley. The building is still under construction, and renovations should be complete early next year. 

Google also will continue to hire test drivers in Chandler. For more information on the self-driving car project, visit google.com/selfdrivingcar/.