Phoenix, “one of the Top 5 growth markets for tech in the U.S.,” is fast becoming a ‘paradise’ for the high-tech car industry.
A recent story in Fortune notes that Chandler (one of the 23 cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area) will be the next hub for testing and developing Google’s self-driving test cars. It’s also one of GM’s four IT centers responsible for inventing global software systems. The Chandler center has 900 employees, “roughly 40% of whom graduated from college within the last two years.”
Other companies that are a part of the growth of the high-tech car industry in Phoenix include large-scale organizations like Uber and Toyota and start-ups such as Beepi, who buys and sell used cars, to Turo, a peer-to-peer car rental service.
The story also mentions Phoenix-based Local Motors, a next-gen manufacturing and consulting firm that uses high tech to “rapidly build vehicles customized to solve specific transportation challenges.” From the Fortune article:
…Local Motors just launched its first autonomous vehicle, a public “bus” designed for a mixed-use community in National Harbor, outside of Washington, D.C. Using its building-block approach to construction, the company can go from design to mobile prototype in less than a month; the traditional OEM approach takes years.
The city’s advantages: “low costs, strong infrastructure, and a huge pool of computer-science grads” from local colleges.