Google set to lease Castle site for self-driving car program

Merced Sun-StarJanuary 24, 2014 

Dmitri Dolgov, a Google engineer, sits in a self-driving car parked in Silicon Valley after a road test in Mountain View. The cars use artificial intelligence software to sense things near the vehicle and to make driving decisions.


Technology giant Google has entered a lease agreement with Merced County to use 60 acres of land at Castle Commerce Center to help develop the company's self-driving car technology, the Sun-Star has learned.

Google officials finally confirmed the lease agreement Friday morning after speculation about who was going to be using the property at Castle. In late December, the Board of Supervisors approved the lease agreement with Google.

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