Chandler unveils drop-off, pick-up zone for self-driving cars

Nov 25, 2019, 4:05 AM | Updated: 8:15 am
(City of Chandler Photo)...
(City of Chandler Photo)
(City of Chandler Photo)

PHOENIX — It’s about to get easier for self-driving cars to drop off and pick up passengers in Chandler.

The city of Chandler, in partnership with Waymo, on Friday unveiled the nation’s first drop-off and pick-up zone for autonomous ride-hailing cars.

“It is a designated area in front of City Hall off to the side of the road where riders can access the vehicles in a safe location,” Micah Miranda, the city’s economic development director, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

The zone has a sign that states the area is a passenger loading zone for autonomous ride-hailing vehicles. Five-minute parking is allowed.

Miranda said it was installed “to help facilitate the acceptance of this technology in Chandler.”

He said it also was installed to make it easier for city employees who are part of a one-year pilot program to get around. They use Waymo self-driving cars to commute to and from offsite work meetings.

The drop-off and pick-up zone outside City Hall is the only one in Chandler right now, but Miranda said more could be added soon.

“We are identifying other locations that make sense for this improvement,” he said.

He added that the zone sends the message to companies producing self-driving cars “that Chandler is the destination that is open to new ideas, or wanting to be the leader in autonomous vehicle research, development and testing.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Richard Berry...

Silver Alert issued for 90-year-old man last seen in Sun City West

A Silver Alert was issued Saturday night for a missing 90-year-old man last seen in Sun City West, authorities said. 
8 hours ago
(Twitter Photos/@PhoenixParks)...
Kevin Stone

Phoenix opens skate plaza to replace tennis court at Perry Park

An underused public tennis court at Perry Park in Phoenix has new life after being transformed into a skate plaza.
8 hours ago
(City of Mesa Photo)...
Kevin Stone

CO+HOOTS co-working community opens in Mesa at Benedictine University

A new CO+HOOTS co-working community for entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses and students opened Thursday in Mesa.
8 hours ago
(Unsplash Photo)...

Police investigating homicide of 42-year-old man in south Phoenix

Police are investigating the homicide of a 42-year-old man who was found shot in his front yard in south Phoenix, authorities said Saturday.
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...

Police exchange late-night gunfire with man on Phoenix street

Police in Phoenix exchanged gunfire with a man late Thursday and later found him wounded at a home, where they took him into custody.
1 day ago
FILE - Jerry Emmett, who was born before women won the right to vote in the U.S., leaves the Yavapa...
Associated Press

Top election officials in Arizona county leave amid threats

The elected county recorder and the elections director in Arizona's Yavapai County are resigning after more than a year and a half of threats and heated criticism from backers of former President Donald Trump who accept his lie that he lost the 2020 election because of fraud.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Chandler unveils drop-off, pick-up zone for self-driving cars