Innovation happens here
Today, Las Vegas is regarded world-wide as one of the best places to test and develop technologies around autonomous vehicles; and its innovative and abundant start-ups are crafting new ideas for the next big thing with particular focus on transportation and the region’s primary economic driver – the tech-based gaming industry.
When Zappos.com moved its headquarters to downtown Las Vegas in 2013, the e-commerce giant with more than 1500 employees and annual sales of more than $2 billion, helped to spawn new development in the area, attracting several small to mid-size tech companies and start-ups.
Las Vegas is an international stage for innovation and technology as the host city of two massive trade shows annually: Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). Building on the strong tech foundation provided by Switch, a global technology solutions corporation that operates the world’s only Tier 5-rated colocation facility at its core campus in Southern Nevada, the city of Las Vegas established in 2016 an Innovation District.
The Innovation District is envisioned as a center for testing groundbreaking technology in the areas of alternative energy, transportation and social infrastructure. It is also a proving ground for collaborative efforts between the city and its new technology partners in the areas of fiber, transit, communication and the Internet of Things.
The city is working to transform the downtown urban core into a technology incubator focused on safe, efficient, sustainable and environmentally conscious mobility such as autonomous and connected vehicles. With 1,340 miles of streets, the city is investing in efficient vehicular travel, a robust road network and street improvements – all with the goal of improving motorist mobility and safety.