Magazine December 18, 2017, Issue

No Hands, Full Speed Ahead

Japan’s DeNA Co’s Robot Shuttle during its demonstration in Tokyo, July 2016. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)
Chandler, Ariz., welcomes the driverless revolution

In a quietly prosperous suburb southeast of Phoenix, a minivan is revolutionizing transportation. Oddly shaped Chrysler Pacificas, with no driver behind the wheel, swarm the streets of Chandler. They are Waymo’s boldest foray yet into autonomous vehicles. Waymo (a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet) and its competitors have helped place Arizona governor Doug Ducey and seven-term Chandler mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Republicans both, at the front lines of a technological revolution that has only just begun.

At a tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in November, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced that the company was running test vehicles without a human driver.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Rise to Global Power

Robert Merry sets out to revive William McKinley’s middling reputation by recognizing the 25th president as the shrewd, unheralded father of the military-commercial expansionism that underwrote America’s global ...




What Does NAFTA Do? Kevin D. Williamson’s fulsome praise of NAFTA (“What NAFTA Does,” November 13) notwithstanding, the primary goal of NAFTA is to provide American manufacturers with unfettered access to ...
The Week

The Week

‐ “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggone it, women want me to feel them up while they’re sleeping on airplanes.” ‐ Roy Moore, Republican candidate in a special election ...


THE ‘F’ WORD My mother would withhold from me most news, Because my constant questions — like a plague Of locusts — flew at her, till she would lose Her patience, as I lost ...
Happy Warrior

The Bed Menace

‘Opinion: If you let boys be boys, they will murder their fathers and sleep with their mothers,” ran a tweet from the New York Times the other day.


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