Arizona’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, vibrant workforce and business-friendly environment create opportunities for strategic investment that bring jobs and capital to the state. This is not by accident. Arizona’s leaders and policymakers have prioritized economic development, ensuring the state is positioned to meet the needs of the tech and advanced manufacturing industries.
Self-driving has become more than just a term that will be used some day in our state. We already are sharing the road with cars, vans and trucks that carry us and our payloads. And such progress in a short period already is prompting ideas of what is to come in our future.
Honeywell’s latest efforts demonstrate its technological capabilities in both hardware and software for the markets of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and urban air mobility (UAM)—a new breed of electric or hybrid-electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically. The lab, which resembles a conceptual UAM vehicle flight deck, is the first of its kind to demonstrate actual fly-by-wire controls and vehicle avionics integrated in a lab setting.
In 2018, Governor Ducey created the Institute of Automated Mobility (IAM). Led by the Arizona Commerce Authority—the state’s leading economic development organization—this consortium includes experts from private industry, government and academia working together to advance research in automated vehicle science, safety and policy. This unique Arizona collaboration is driving the future of transportation.
On the technological side, it’s in some ways easier to have autonomous planes than autonomous cars. There are fewer obstacles, so it’s less likely you’ll hit something. The downside is that there’s no stepping on the brake if there’s trouble ahead. Fortunately, we can teach a computer to build an algorithm:
Imagry, an autonomous vehicle software developer with a pioneering mapless driving platform, announced it has partnered with AutonomouStuff for inclusion in its leading portfolio of autonomy-enabling technologies for worldwide resale.
Pima Community College’s new Autonomous Vehicle Driver and Operations Specialist program. The program was launched in the fall semester through a partnership with TuSimple, a company has used Tucson as its base for testing self-driving trucks.
You might say we’re making headway on the freeway leading toward our future. The biggest imprint left by technology in Arizona this year were players of the new passenger economy. We’re all sharing this great ride as our entire economy is expected to continue its upward trajectory, thanks to technology.
It’s been one year that Waymo launched its public, self-driving Waymo One vehicle service in metro Phoenix, the first company in the world to do so. Mountain View, California-based Waymo LLC marked the day by expanding its commercial ride-hailing service to more East Valley riders through a new iOS app launch.
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