PAVE: How has City of Chandler prepared for AVs?
The spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation dates back to the founding of our community. Chandler residents have long been early adopters of technology, in part, because some many of our residents work in the high-tech manufacturing, information technology, software development, aviation and aerospace industries. The use of autonomous vehicles on Chandler roadways began in 2016 when more than 3,000 Chandler residents attended the Google Self-driving Car open house to learn more about these vehicles and offer their ideas about the use of autonomous vehicles.
In 2017, the Chandler police and fire departments teamed with Waymo engineers and conducted an emergency response test to help autonomous vehicles learn to recognize and respond to emergency vehicles in ordinary and unexpected ways.
In 2018, Chandler became the first city to adapt its zoning code to accommodate the increased use of autonomous vehicles and ride sharing. The zoning code changes encourage developments to plan for drop-off and pick-up areas for people using autonomous vehicles or ride sharing. In return, Chandler can reduce the development’s required parking area by up to 40 percent.
In 2019, Chandler entered into an agreement with Waymo to use autonomous vehicles as a ride sharing service for city employees. Dedicated autonomous vehicle drop-off and pick-up locations at City Hall and in Downtown Chander were put into use. The Chandler fire and police departments also partnered with Waymo to put together protocols and training materials for emergency responders for interactions with autonomous vehicles.