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For most Americans, a self-driving car is a rare sight.

Things are different in the Phoenix area.
“I live in Chandler. You see Waymo units all over the damn place,” one Redditor wrote. Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car company, is running trials of a self-driving taxi service in the Phoenix suburb. Cars from Uber are also ubiquitous in the region, residents told Ars, and other companies have cars there, too.
A number of factors have drawn technology companies to the Phoenix area. Phoenix’s sunny weather means companies don’t have to worry about the complexities of rain, ice, or snow.

The region has a lot of wide, well-maintained suburban streets.
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