Google has acquired 1,210 acres of land in Nevada, with plans to build a data centre and also host a testing track for its autonomous driving company Waymo.
According to Wall Street Journal, the acquired land is located near Reno and Tesla’s Gigafactory site, which was acquired for $29.1 million.
Although Google has not yet disclosed any immediate plans to begin building a data centre, it is expected that due to the increasing emphasis on its cloud business, the company is unlikely to keep customers waiting for the new data centre for too long.
Google just recently opened a new data centre in the Netherlands, in which it has announced will be powered with renewable energy from day one.
Wall Street Journal also said that Google would prefer to set up its testing track for Waymo in Nevada, as there are fewer restrictions there than in California.
The chosen location is also currently in the process of passing legislation that would make it an ideal place for the testing of self-driving cars.
Google’s Waymo has been head to head with Tesla, in which it has shown to be more effective on the roads than Elon Musk’s Tesla. This is also evident as Waymo cars were found to require less disengagements than Tesla.
Google is also already known to have built a good relationship with the State of Nevada, following the approval of licences for autonomous vehicles in 2012. Google was the first company to receive that license.
Plans for a new data centre have not been confirmed but following the company’s opening of 12 new data centres in 2016, it would not be a surprise to many for Google to add another to the list.