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Google's self-driving cars will make their way to Phoenix, Arizona

Google has expanded its self-driving car project testing to the Phoenix, Arizona metro area. This will be the fourth city in the U.S. that will have the company's driverless cars on the road.

Reuters stated:

"Arizona is known as a place where research and development is welcome, innovation can thrive, and companies can set up roots," said Jennifer Haroon, head of business operations for the Google Self-Driving Car project. "The Phoenix area has distinct desert conditions, which will help us better understand how our sensors and cars handle extreme temperatures and dust in the air."

Google began testing self-driving car prototypes near its home base in Mountain View, California several years ago. In mid-2015, it expanded to Austin, Texas and earlier in 2016 it began testing those cars on the roads of Kirkland, Washington.

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  • "Arizona is known as a place where research and development is welcome, innovation can thrive" East coast FTW, don't want this around my town personally. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Because? If you're really scared of them, move to Canada. Google hates introducing stuff to Canada! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep that's true Google hardly gives Canada things Posted from my Moto X 2nd gen and my Nexus 9 both on Android Marshmallow
  • Haha yeah that's true. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Also why do do you hate the Google cars Posted from my Moto X 2nd gen and my Nexus 9 both on Android Marshmallow
  • Compared to the idiots on the roads these days I take a million Google cars around here.
  • I live in AZ and I don't want these things around!! But AZ does have the extremes in climate though
  • Man its already scorching hot. Even in February the weather was warm. I hated the weather last winter. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Should be a good test for 110+ heat this summer. Heat and batteries don't get along.
  • Bet the driverless cars are at least as good as most of the idiots on the road around these parts. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Statistically, they're better I believe. Blackberry Priv
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  • The real question is will it slow down near an accident to look at the carnage?
  • Yes, because everyone around them is doing so which already slowed the Traffic. Posted via the Android Central App
  • All I know is if I want to speed I am going to speed. If I want to go 70 in a 50 to keep up with the flow of traffic at rush hour I will step on my gas and go 70 laughing at these little bubbles puttering along in the right lane.
  • All I know is that humans are the weak link. Cars could go much faster if they didn't rely on a slow, clumsy often stupid piece of meat to control them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • While that is true in an environment that is all driverless that would mean driverless cars would be the only cars allowed on the roads. As long as normal cars are allowed that will never be the case. How many decades (or longer) will it takes to ban all non-driverless vehicles from the roads? It will never happen. Until it does those driverless cars will all be driving the speed limit avoiding people who drive.
  • Unfortunately, you're probably 100% correct. However, the speed limit here is 70 anyway, so it's not so bad :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • 70 means drive 90, most cases. And so on and so on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can't possibly be from Phoenix if you think that you will be driving 70MPH during rush hours. Posted via the Android Central App
  • We don't have LA rush hours!!
  • You can't possibly think that az really has a rush hour? Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • What happens if they are in the left lane?
  • Why would they be? They would be moving at the speed limit and you would not be in control of it so they would be in the slowest lane.
  • Hey! I'm from Phoenix AZ!!! I'm gonna be on Google-watch from note on Posted via the Android Central App
  • No thanks. Be Together Not The Same
  • Welcome to the new world, where millennials hate driving and love public transportation. I might be wrong but the car culture is slipping away. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • I love driving tho Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Of course I'm generalizing. Good to hear. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • Haha OK Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Obviously generalizing. #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • You say that like it's a bad thing... Posted via the Android Central App
  • It is, aren't you from the land of Aston Martin? Great beautiful cars. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • For now, until they are resold again lol. And personally I would far sooner ride in a car than public transport... But objectively cars are very wasteful and quite unsustainable. Besides anything else, I honestly don't think driverless cars will impact "car culture" in the least. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unless it becomes compulsory
  • Because it is Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • It could be. Giving up independence unnecessarily is always a bad thing
  • It's really sad. They love everybody doing everything for them. They also love devices being put in vehicles that tracks their every move. Be Together Not The Same
  • Then get rid of your phone hypocrite.
  • Typical...... Say something you don't agree with and the name calling starts. Be Together Not The Same
  • How is hypocritical an insult? #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • How is having a phone like driving a car?
  • You've got serious issues on these forums.
  • It's insane already. Be Together Not The Same
  • Good luck... drivers in Phoenix suck... then again... it ain't gonna be on the freeways right?
  • I think drivers suck everywhere, just to what degree.
  • The drivers in Phoenix that really suck are the snowbirds that come here from out of state... oh and those CA drivers who think every paved surface is a race track. And now, add Google driver-less cars to that list :P
  • Coming from the Bay area and working around the surrounding areas of mountain view I constantly saw them driving around. On main roads it's hard to see a difference between them and other vehicles (well besides the equipment mounted to them). Now seeing them drive through neighborhoods was quite interesting. I could compare it to student drivers haha. On a few occasions I could tell the driver had to take over. Now that I live in North Carolina I don't think I will run across to many. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can't be the only one staring at that blue BMW E36 in the headline image, right?
  • No sir, I think he might do a little bump drafting on the little egg. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • I noticed there was a blue car if that counts. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe Clark Griswold will buy one of these and take it across the country to Wally World.
  • He could drive it in to the park and it could be its own ride!
  • People are retarded if they think this is a good idea. Lazy dumb people in the world. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That seems like a fairly bold and outrageous statement, do you have any empirical evidence to back it up? Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is probably the dumbest post I've ever read on this site. What about people who have disabilities that could be taken to the doctor, grocer, family etc? What about the elderly who are prevented from living life because they've elected to stay off the roads out of respect for others and themselves? I'd love my 88 year old mother to be able to jump in a Google car and shoot up here for dinner and visits. What about the independence that this would give to people who can't drive for a myriad of reasons?
  • Why must you look at the big picture. All great points. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • Good points!
  • Posted from a smartphone? How dumb and lazy. You should be chiseling your comments into stone tablets and submitting them on horseback! The world changes. Get used to it.
  • I did that just yesterday. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh were good enough for your cars but not Fibre!!! lol
  • Unless you live in Snobsdale
  • Cool I guess. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Better bring your A game Google we got MEAN bus drivers!