Barrett-Jackson and more than half-dozen car auctions have rolled into town this week. It’s a good week to talk about cars – all kinds of cars.
Did you know that Arizona is the hub for testing self-driving vehicles? Uber, Lyft and Waymo test their vehicles here. Current state governor, Ducey, being supportive of driverless cars, signed an executive order in 2015 allowing testing on public roads.
Testing cars in Arizona is nothing new to the state. Next spring will be the 25th anniversary for Toyota’s proving ground.
Why is this? The #1 reason is the weather. We have consistent temperatures, low winds and low rainfall. Also, AZ high summer temps allow for “worst case scenario” testing as well. One more reason is the privacy of the desert. There are plenty of remote locations away from the prying eyes of the public and competitors