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The cutting edge of autonomous vehicle research and development
Autonomous vehicles are changing the world we live in, and Greater Phoenix is leading the way in supporting the development and testing of this transformative technology.
Greater Phoenix offers shorter commute times than peer markets, more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and fewer days with significant weather interruptions.
Because of the gridded road system, the test environment for autonomous vehicles is more forgiving. The city is dedicated to continued investment in street infrastructure and warm temperatures eliminate freeze and thaw potholes.
Greater Phoenix offers a robust ecosystem with a significant presence from advanced technology companies. The region also has a longstanding automotive R&D infrastructure with many major automakers.
Greater Phoenix offers a pro-business regulatory environment that encourages autonomous vehicle development. Limited reporting and permitting means more time for testing on the roads.Phoe
Greater Phoenix offers lower annual operating costs than Detroit and San Jose with cheaper real estate and benefit costs compared to peer markets.
Greater Phoenix Talent Pipeline
Below are the total number of non-distance program completions at colleges and universities in Greater Phoenix with degree programs relevant to the development of autonomous vehicles. The region produced over 2,500 graduates in these fields during the 2015 to 2016 school year. The region’s universities are committed to supplying the workforce needed to enable companies to scale in the region. Comparison data for peer markets has been provided below.
Greater Phoenix is home to every piece of the autonomous vehicle supply chain. The companies below represent a sample of the firms currently operating in the region.
Autonomous R&D in Greater Phoenix
Arizona is a leading state for cutting-edge research and the development of autonomous vehicles. Listed below are the firms developing autonomous technologies in Greater Phoenix.
The table below shows employment for the following occupations in the selected metros.
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||5,594||4,968|
|Computer Systems Analysts||12,857||10,435|
|Software Developers, Applications||12,108||12,524|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||8,111||7,445|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||5,752||4,753|
|Computer Network Architects||2,844||1,758|
|Computer Hardware Engineers||570||1,004|
|Electronics Engineers, Except Computer||4,173||1,618|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians||2,119||1,664|
|Mechanical Engineering Technicians||482||2,817|
|Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers||4,034||3,378|
The Annual Business Operating Cost Analysis has been prepared using the following parameters as an estimate for autonomous vehicle research & development operations in competitor markets. Component and custom analyses to match your company’s operations can be provided upon request.
- $5,000,000 personal property investment
- 50,000 square foot warehouse, Lease
- Utilities (per month): Included in Lease
- 35 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics equivalent occupations)
|Software Developers, Applications||10|
|Computer Hardware Engineers||5|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||5|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Tech||3|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||1|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||1|
|General and Operations Managers||1|
|Total Work Force:||35|
Parks & Recreation
The Greater Phoenix region is home to the largest municipal park in the United States, South Mountain Park. South Mountain Park covers more than 16,000 acres. Other large parks in the region include the White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak and the Superstition Mountains. Notable walking trails in the region include the canal system, Tempe Town Lake, the Greenbelt and Papago Park.
Cost of Living
Greater Phoenix provides the right combination of affordability, size, and scalability. Compared to California metros, Greater Phoenix is less expensive across all major expenses.