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The restaurants in towns and cities according to TripAdvisor

April 3, 2018

A new year calls for resolutions – if that is to use that gym membership you bought, or even to make an effort to not eat too many Creme Eggs in Easter.

But ours is to go to the very best that Wales has on offer in regards to restaurants.

It goes without mentioning that Welsh is greatest – but the issue is, which restaurants are high in the graphs?

We have put together a list of the favourite eateries across Welsh towns and cities, based on TripAdvisor.

Book your tables today…


The Cellar

8 Economy Road

01545 574666


This warm and welcoming restaurant is perfect for all events serving up coffee, lunch and evening meals.

During the summertime, opening hours have been extended as well as the menus, to add tapas on the patio overlooking the harbour for which Aberaeron is most famous for.

Chef Daniel Evans’ signature dishes contain mussels steamed in white wine and garlic, oven braised lamb shank, sea bream and a mouthwatering selection of delicious desserts; all freshly made on the premises.

What you stated:

* “We have eaten at least eight occasions. This location is flawless! Every time from begin to finish, this area has astonished me.

Both the service and the meals are brilliant! Between all of us we have eaten almost all of the menu. By mussels, parfait, soup and tonight pigeon as starters served with perfect accompaniments.

Top marks all around. Thank you! Keep up the incredible work!”

* “We have been many times over previous 2 years and cannot fault anything, food would be your ideal quality supported by polite and attentive employees”.


The Red Cow

6 Merthyr Road

01685 267071


The Red Cow in Llwydcoed is a regional free home located near the beautiful Brecon Beacons. There is on site parking and also a beer garden in the back for relaxing in the stunning Welsh sunshine.

What you stated:

* “‘d Sunday lunch whilst in the region for a couple of days. Wonderful pub, very nicely decorated and terrific staff. Very striking.”

* “This kind of gorgeous warm pub with lovely staff. They had a great selection of beers and ales having a great atmosphere.”


Afternoon Tea in the Angel

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15 Cross Street

01873 857121


The Angel Hotel is a part of the esteemed UK Tea Guild having formerly held an ‘Award of Excellence’ because 2008. Each morning their pro baker, Sally Lane, freshly adopts the sandwiches, savouries, cakes and scones ready for afternoon tea, which includes people flocking back repeatedly.

What you stated:

* “Awesome selection of teas and even greater than anyone can consume. Delicious and very diverse sandwiches, savouries and pastries. Lovely scones and flavourful mini trifles. Very good ambiance and pleasant welcoming staff. Would be hard to beat this particular tea, anyplace!”

* “This hotel is regarded as the very best in the city and the past couple of times we have been around we can certainly vouch for that.”


This popular drinking spot also prides itself on good food and generous portions. Judging from the reviews, the lasagne seems worth a try too.

What you stated:

Decision “Enjoy the picnic bench today, great food, excellent support. Absolutely brilliant – highly recommended, will see again.”

* “Great value for money would highly recommend. Here is the ideal afternoon tea with a difference I have experienced and can’t wait to come back.”



Pysgoty, Aberystwyth

The Harbour

01970 624611


Situated on the harbour front, Pysgoty is a tiny recently-opened licensed café-bar, providing a selection of freshly-prepared shellfish and fish caught by Aberystwyth fishermen in Cardigan Bay when possible.

What you stated:

* “An expert site, chic and comfy. Friendly staff, great cuisine and also a creative website. Next to the marina along with the prom with amazing views of Cardigan Bay.”

* “Surely, this restaurant is exceptional in Aberystwyth! Fresh catch fish everyday, fantastic quality! Tried the sea bream with cockles sauce and was completely amazed. Really great support too.”


The Raven Inn

82 Cwmamman Road

01269 825500


In this truly English cafe, you will discover rustic beams, a selection of premium real ales, a terrific variety of freshly-cooked food accompanied by a brilliant group of carefully-chosen wines.

What you stated:

* “It is a comfortable setting, plenty of parking, staff are friendly and the food is excellent quality.”

* “Absolutely stunning food. Service was amazing very careful while at precisely the identical time allowing you space. The desserts are fantastic and a lovely range of meals on the menu. We can’t wait to come back.”


Bangor Tandoori Restaurant

347 High Street

01248 345303


Sample some rich and delicious curries in the best Tandoori restaurant in Bangor.

What you stated:

* “My spouse and I come here regularly, service and food always outstanding. Also the extra bonus of having the ability to bring your own alcohol.”

* “Beautiful meal. The owners were welcoming and genuinely lovely. Spotlessly clean. A friendly surroundings to decide on a family.”


Hangfire Southern Kitchen

Hood Road


By New Orleans soul food slogans, to award winning barbecue joys – it’s no wonder this can be actually the best restaurant in Barry, there is so much to choose from. There are also genuine southern puddings, brewed beers along with timber fired grilled goodies cooked on their custom-built Parilla grill.

What you stated:

* “You can observe the staff and owners are enthusiastic about what they do and work hard to pull this operation off.”

* “Excellent meal. Terrific support. Well worth a visit. Finest restaurant in Barry by much better. Waitress Lisa absolutely amazing advantage.”


Known as the Groesffordd, the 3 Horseshoes Inn is a country pub and restaurant which serves up delicious food created from local providers, and has been recently awarded a rosette for culinary excellence.

What you stated:

* “A very warm welcome in this beautiful pub/restaurant. A modern yet warm decor with a terrific menu and gastro pub food that was both tasty and decent value.”

* “We had an superb meal in the 3 Horseshoes Inn. The service was also exceptional, the staff were very friendly and careful. We would suggest to all.”


Franco in Frolics

Beach Road

01656 880127


Straight from Sicily, Franco put his small German delicatessen Il Panino in Bridgend in 2001, and later opened Frolics in 2014. Dishes consist of new sea bass, haddock risotto, celeste, bruschetta to name a couple.

What you stated:

* “Amazing food, fantastic atmosphere. Your left so welcome and you truly feel like experiencing something special (which you are). I left with such a smile on my face thank you Franco.”

Decision “First time in Franco and I really liked it, in the bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, to the pasta sea foods.”

Builth Wells

Cosy Corner Restaurant

55 High Street

01982 552795


Situated at the corner of the main street, Cosy Corner Restaurant is a small family run business serving freshly prepared meals, with ingredients sourced from local butchers, bakeries along with the weekly new vegetable marketplace. They are famous for their award winning steaks.

What you stated:

* “Lovely welcome and amazing Welsh Steaks. You will need to reserve in advance to get an night table.”

* “Beautiful food, impeccable service! Can’t fault it! We came as a group of 8 ladies, a selection of ages. We experienced a warm welcome, magnificent food, excellent interaction with the owners and great regional knowledge!”


The Snug Restaurant

High Street

01633 430238


Hidden away from the grounds of a really unique sculpture garden is a comfortable dining experience where you can stop for breakfast, dinner or lunch.

What you stated:

* “Loved the air, decent choice for lunch menu, friendly and helpful staff.”

Decision “Visited the cozy for breakfast and what an amazing way to begin the weekend! Absolutely delicious and will most definitely return!”



8 Palace Street

01286 676776


When couple John and Petra Crossman-Emms walked Palace Street in 2012, they found a tired little store available. It had been love at first sight, and they shifted it into a home made pancake home, in which they also sell artisan ice cream. Great for a sweet tooth.

What you stated:

* “Very friendly ice cream parlour and Dutch pancake house. We were made very welcome alongside our small puppy and shown into the backyard room in the back of the restaurant. Part of staff immediately emerged with a bowl along with a dog biscuit.”

* “Great light meals in a extremely laid back but nicely presented small dining room. All a bit different. Dutch pea soup delicious, pancakes looked fuzzy and ice cream to die for.”



87 Cardiff Road

029 2132 2077


This Italian restaurant is born in the fire of meals by 2 Calabresian’s, Ernesto Rappoccio and Fortunato Favasuli. They came in Wales from 2008 to learn English and immediately fell in love with the country. The eatery offers a slice of the hometown, Reggio Calabria.

What you stated:

Decision “Had a fantastic evening in Volare. The food was magnificent, especially the sea food platter. Staff were very welcoming and friendly. The inside is stunning too, very chic and modern.”

* “The area is relaxing and warm, the staff really are good humoured and welcoming. Food is as I’d expect, we appreciated the meatballs, risotto and fish.”


The Clink

The roast beef roast dinner at The Clink

Knox Road

029 2092 3130


The award winning Clink Restaurant in HMP Cardiff is a dining experience that’s delivering change. It’s staffed by prisoners working towards City & Guilds NVQs in Food Preparation, Food Service and Customer support, which will lead them to work in the united kingdom hospitality industry upon release.

What you stated:

Decision “Visited here nearly a year ago and I have been to a couple of other popular restaurants in Cardiff since but none have compared to this fantastic food I had here.”

* “Serving staff very welcoming and knowledgeable. Sat therefore we can see into the kitchen. Good nicely presented and very enjoyable.”


Think simple, honest healthy dishes using local providers and homegrown produce. Created by chef Derri Reed, the 70-seater restaurant also serves 12 unique types of gin.

What you stated:

* “We were in Carmarthen for the afternoon and looked out this location for supper. Wonderful setting, friendly staff and locally-sourced yummy food”

* “This is actually the very first time we have been to The Warren and we all enjoyed some beautiful cup of coffee and some delicious cake, even catching up with the family… and also tried some of the brunch which was so excellent!”


Watson’s Bistro

26 Chapel Road

01492 596326


Watson’s Bistro is really a family affair, from Grandad Graham and also Uncle Lee doing all of the decorating, Nannie has done all of the planting and looks after our backyard through to Kristie helping out in the evenings. The love reveals, as the restaurant acquired the Diner’s Choice award from OpenTable in 2015.

What you stated:

* “Delicious food, great atmosphere, amazing staff. A great find just off of one of Conwy’s streets in the middle.”

* “A magical family run restaurant. Really friendly staff and very yummy food. We had the lamb which was yummy, and some terrific cheese.”


The Market Place

66 High Street

01446 774800


This warm friendly restaurant serves a favourite for everyone, including seafood, steak and pasta. Not just that but they also do lunchtime two course and three class deals, as well as hosting regular occasions.

What you stated:

Decision “As always a beautiful evening with amazing food and very attentive staff. We had the fillet steak cooked to to perfection.”

* “What a excellent restaurant! The welcome was warm and the food second to none. Can not advocated this fantastic location enough.”

Ebbw Vale

Glyncoed Fish Shop

1 Heol Penycae

01495 301448


You cannot fail with a chippy – and also their new particular egg, sausage, chips and beans particular seems amazing.

What you stated:

* “Great value for money that the food is excellent and the staff will be most welcoming went for fish and chips will certainly return and would certainly recommend it.”

* “This is a wonderful fish store. The service is speedy and really friendly, and the fish is always fresh because it’s cooked to order.”


Hooked at 31

31 West Street

01348 874657


This award-winning fish and chop shop supports local farmers and providers – in fact their homemade Welsh ice cream is created with Pembrokeshire milk.

What you stated:

* “Excellent fish and chips served with lemon into cardboard box. The home made tartare sauce is delicious.”

* “Delicious – want no more explanation. Whole family enjoyed their meal, the puppy appreciated his sausage and has been a happy boy.”


Wavecrest Café

Church Bay

01407 730650


This outside café is similar to another home away from your home. All cooked, the food includes everything in large scones and pulled pork sandwich, to Penny’s renowned cheese and cheese pie. It won the Anglesey tourism award in 2010 for Best Café.

They have no shut up shop for winter, however, will likely be back open and ready for business in Easter 2018.

What you stated:

* “Wonderful Café/Outside Hut. We were very amazed when we stumbled across this little gem – wonderful homemade cakes and cocoa which we took to the shore a couple of minutes walk off. The lady that served us was friendly and would recommend this café.”

* “We proceeded to Anglesey a couple of months ago. Wavecrest has come to be a favourite. About 8 miles from our home it is close enough to see on a casual basis. The service and food are excellent. The staff are very friendly.”


Castle Green

Bryn Road

01570 422348


Based inside the Castle Green Hotel, this bar and restaurant is a magical, family-run old coaching inn. They serve traditional meals at acceptable prices, and also boast a wide range of Brains beers, lagers and wines.

What you stated:

* “Sunday dinner is always outstanding and such good value. Excellent Chef and food is great every time.”

Decision “Absolutely astonishing dinner, all new and homemade food plus it was homely and also a beautiful warming welcome . It had been lush the whole family went for seconds.”


Ginhaus deli

1 Market Steet

01558 823030


Ginhaus deli is one of the best delicatessens in Wales, with a massive selection of Welsh and global products such as cheeses, wines, olives, cherry breads and charcuterie alongside an impressive selection of top gins.

What you stated:

* “A genuine find this! A little gem tucked off, and well worth discovering. Food is quite good and support is friendly also, a very good deli.”

* “Lovely area having a fab atmosphere. Drinks are a little expensive but worth it! Would definitely recommend and am now converted to gin!”


The Star Carvery & Grill

121 Swansea Road

01554 774420


This gastropub is perfect for soothing those Sunday roast dinner cravings. Tender beef, flavoursome vegetables, along with lashings of sausage are on the menu in this eatery.

What you stated:

* “We had a lovely time here. The food was amazing that the staff were wonderful and so useful. They couldn’t do enough for you.”

* “Today went for the carvery. Once again amazing . Tons of food. Piping hot , the staff once again excellent. Well worth a visit.”

Merthyr Tydfil


30-31 High Street

01685 267878


Bang from the town center, JOL’s award-winning chef Jamie O’Leary serves delicious creations in his home city. His aim is really to JOL’s to become one of the best restaurants in the country.

What you stated:

Decision “Food was out of the world. Staff couldn’t do enough for you . The whole experience was amazing.”

Decision “Booked this restaurant based upon its own reviews on trip advisor and I was not disappointed. The food was outstanding both in presentation and taste. The staff worked really hard to guarantee a fantastic experience for their customers.”

Milford Haven

Gordon Bennett’s Traditional Fish & Chips

Nelson Quay

01646 692082


Dependent on the beautiful Nelson Quay functions up really mouth watering seafood and quick food.

What you stated:

* “The food is fantastic. Not oily with a takeaway menu and also an eat in option which then is much more of a restaurant menu. I wouldn’t contemplate going anywhere else for my own fish and chip feast.”

* “Good food, very good portion sizes and incredibly friendly staff. Was given two complementary pots of homemade tartar saucethat had been great.”



7 High Street

01834 861491


This Welsh-born delicatessen offers an excellent selection of artisan foods and drink Narbeth High Street. But if you aren’t near by, they’ve also recently opened an online store, where it is possible to try their treats in the comfort of the sofa.

What you stated:

* “Each time I return to Pembrokeshire this is actually the very first place I stop in and it never disappoints.”

* “Cannot beat this location! Food is outstanding, can inform why there is always a queue for tables in lunch time! So worth the wait. . And staff only put the cherry on top of the cake, warm, friendly and always smiling!”


Moruzzi & Co

Croft Road

01639 639682


Ernesto and Maria Moruzzi opened circa 1928 along with their sons Remo and Dorino followed through the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and now Paul Moruzzi, son of Remo, has brought back this wonderful family business to Neath. Fantastic stop-by for coffee lovers – certainly try their sandwiches!

What you stated:

* “Called in for pizza and few beverages, beautiful establishment, well handled and terrific pizza. Highly recommended.”

Decision “Food is freshly made to order, quick and professional support. Cleanliness of tables, cutlery/pizza prep place (in opinion of public) and bathrooms are clean as you would anticipate. Friendly staff. Nice to have a quality cafe/restaurant in a central site. Looking forward to my next visit.”




77-78 Lower Dock Street

01633 222788


At Hatti Indian Restaurant you can purchase either online or sit in, and choose from a wide assortment of curries, baltis, biryanis, tandoori dishes and absolutely yummy naga chicken.

What you stated:

* “Best sit Indian dining experience in Newport. Service was air was relaxed, manager made us feel most welcome and nothing was too much problem.”

* “The owner looked after us very well. Food was exceptional. Special tea has been served in the conclusion.”


The Stackpole Inn Restaurant

Jasons Corner

01646 672324


The award winning Stackpole Inn is situated inside the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and a short walk to the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastal Trail. It’s a place to enjoy dinner and evening meals, catering for any taste and dining experience, from an informal light lunch in our bar area with puppies to some celebratory meal in our restaurant with friends and family.

What you stated:

* “Stackpole in is a beautiful small pub/restaurant in the pretty little village surrounded by beautiful beaches and countryside. The food is outstanding, I had the best steak ever and also their blackberry and apple crumble is to die for, and the staff are lovely.”

* “The food has been super and the support was good. I would highly recommend the dolls, where the shoulder had been divine!”


The Little Crown Inn & Restaurant

Elled Road

01495 763148


The Little Crown Inn & Restaurant boasts quality, locally sourced, homemade meals with a smile on their face, if you’re on the lookout for dinner or lunch. The 50 ability restaurant also supplies special offers including their Early Bird Menu, in which dishes begin from #5.

What you stated:

Decision “My brothers I chose at the last moment to meet up and determined by the Little Crown Inn. The food was fantastic and the service outstanding. Would definitely go back there.”

* “Great service excellent meals – cheesecake to die for! Really cannot fault in any way great value.”



9 High Street

01443 404443


The Trattoria brings small Italy to Pontypridd. Their la carte and early bird menus offer authentic Italian food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the heart of the city.

What you stated:

Decision “Have to say that was only one if the very best Italian restaurants I have visited outside of Italy itself. Terrific value lunch menu with no compromise on quality.”

* “Wonderful food here, from starters to main to desert! Friendly and helpful staff. Provide early bird menu that’s wonderful. Highly recommend.”

Port Talbot

The Brit Pub

London Row

01639 680247


Traditional Bar and cafe serving home cooked and freshly prepared meals daily, from pub classics to your la carte. They also provide real ales and decent wine in a relaxed setting – filled with a log burner fire.

What you stated:

* “It is sometimes hard to discover a pint of real ale, that isn’t just a good pint, but well looked after too. The Brit never fails.”

* “This needs to be the ultimate pub experience. The staff, led from the natives Phil and Heidal, are genuinely welcoming, particular mention of Gemma and Bradley. The decor is exceptional and the selection of real ales provides vulnerability to local micro breweries.”


Breaktimes Cafe

17A Penamser Industrial Estate

01766 514555


Established over 10 years back, this eatery blew away any regrets regarding greasy spoons. Based in an industrial estate, customers shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Their 12 all day breakfasts have become mythical, and it is visited by people across the globe.

What you stated:

* “Just called in here for breakfast. Place was quite busy but the service was excellent and the food warm, fresh and nicely cooked.”

* “The favorable reviews on Trip Advisor attracted us here and like us you won’t be disappointed. First class breakfasts, All freshly cooked to order.”



9 Well Street

01656 782330


This hidden treasure offers an unrivalled dining encounter with a Spanish setting. Friendly and relaxed, the Mediterranean ambiance provides the perfect setting for a romantic meal or some get-together amongst family members.

What you stated:

* “Lovely food and air. The owners are good and are doing a great job. Definitely recommend.”

Decision “Perfection, all of it! Starters came with side salad and bread, mains with fried potatoes and was outstanding.”



Gaol Street

01758 614091


This restaurant in the heart of Pwllheli boasts both the restaurant and bar, with modern and stylistic inside. Our recommendation is beef night every Friday, at which a gorgeous 8oz beef will only put you back #11.90.

What you stated:

* ” food. I got my beef cooked blue! The menu includes a lot of alternatives. Staff are amazing. The trio of desserts has been amazing!”

* “Remember to reserve this little gem to prevent disappointment! Excellent atmosphere and decent food, highly recommended.”

St Davids

The Bench

11 High Street

01437 720403


Gianni’s artisan ice cream is created daily in The Bench utilizing new organic milk in neighborhood Caerfai Farm St Davids. They make hundreds of unique flavours which vary in accordance with seasons & international events, in reality, within 48hrs see you can purchase your favourite flavour.

What you stated:

* “What a beautiful little gem in the heart of St Davids. Lovely big potions for your family . Expensive but worth every penny for a treat.”

* “Actual ice cream made the way it ought to. The choice of tastes is wide and there are a number of surprises available.”



73-75 Eversley Rd

01792 290929


This established restaurant is conducted by artists Chris Harris and Adam Bannister, that appeared on the BBC 2 cookery competition Great British pub in both 2015 and 2016.

What you stated:

* “The boys not don’t deliver! A delicious meal . Adam and Chris perform their culinary magic! Always excellent food and support. A delight!”

* “We visited lately for the very first time and needed a truly outstanding culinary experience. Surely these chefs are at the top of the game and offer fantastic value for money compared to other high quality restaurants.”


Pant Yr Ochain

Pant-yr-Ochain, Wrexham

Old Wrexham Road

01978 853525


Down a very long sweeping driveway with majestic trees you’ll discover this hidden gem, full with a 16th Century inglenook fireplace plus a deep Welsh history. Menus are created daily in fresh, local produce and the bar areas are dog friendly.

What you stated:

* “I have eaten here many times and on every occasion that the food was of an exceptional standard, whatever I have selected. The employees have always been polite, friendly and accommodating. I can’t fault the location, highly recommended.”

* “I have been countless occasions and have always liked the food and location. Would highly recommend to other people.”

Parched Cape Town, flood-prone Miami assist cities…

April 2, 2018

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As drought-hit Cape Town faces the prospect of its faucets running dry when April, it’s linking a job to work out how cities can better prepare water shocks and stresses in the future.

Engineering company Arup and five cities will collaborate this year to come up with a set of practical tools that will help urban areas cope with even or too small water.

The four others will be Amman, Mexico City, Greater Miami and Hull in England.

The intention is to make a manual for cities of all sizes to understand and assess the resilience of their water systems.

“A changing climate combined with rapid urbanisation is increasing the frequency of water-related crises facing cities,” Mark Fletcher, pioneer of Arup’s global water company, said in an announcement.

“Increasingly, erratic rainfall, flood and droughts are impacting cities throughout their water cycle,” he further added.

The cities analyzing the City Water Resilience Framework (CWRF) – that will afterwards be made accessible for others around the world to work with – were selected for their diverse locations, sizes, shapes and water issues.

South Africa’s Cape Town, with a population of 3.7 million, is still suffering from severe drought following three years of low rainfall, threatening water supplies because of its own residents, businesses and tourism market.

Amman, the capital town of Jordan, has no resources of water nearby and frequently experiences drought, even while lower-lying components are overrun when it rains heavily.

Mexico City, a mega-city of 21.3 million individuals, depends on depleting aquifers and dangers running out of water daily. Constructed on land that was once a lake, it’s also prone to flood.

Greater Miami and the Beaches features a high groundwater table and complex canal system, making it particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and tidal flood.

Hull’s porthas recently undergone floods recently, with 90% of the city standing under the high-tide line.

CWRF project director at Arup, Martin Shouler, informed the Thomson Reuters Foundation the new strategy would explore the links between the basins and cities that furnish their water supply that was natural.

“Our clients have begun to understand … that when it comes to water, then you can’t think of a town in splendid isolation – it’s part of its catchment,” he explained. “Vice versa, the town afterward impacts on its catchment when its water discharges back to the ecosystem”

As a part of this wider view, the project will bring in different groups such as farmers whose activities around a town change its water supply, ” he added.

Andrew Salkin of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) reported that, more than 1,000 cities that had applied to join its network to help them tackle modern-day pressures, over 60 percent stated water problems introduced “critical health dangers”.

The five functioning around the new water system in 2018 – four of which belong to 100RC – can share expertise and lessons with ” many cities around the world grappling with water difficulties”, he further added.

Other partners in the project include The Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation.

Shouler mentioned mapping water dangers would assist urban planners, town governments and other decision-makers come up with approaches to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from possible crises like water shortages or flooding.

Once cities have identified water-related challenges, they could set priorities, invent solutions and search for investors.

“Once it gets more apparent what these pathways to resilience might be … it could well help bring money into this area,” explained Shouler. (Reporting from Megan Rowling @meganrowling; editing by Alex Whiting. Please charge the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers diplomatic news, climate change, endurance, women’s rights, trafficking and land rights. Go to

Arizona Tech Towns Open into AV Testing on City Streets

April 1, 2018

The mixture of few regulatory hurdles and a welcoming technology community have created at least 2 Arizona cities go-to communities such as autonomous car testing.

The two Tempe and Chandler have established mostly informal agreements with AV technology testers to run self-driving cars on city roads in real-world scenarios.

Uber, the ride-hailing program that has spent heavily in AV technology along with its advancement, has deployed cars in Tempe, home to Arizona State Universitywhere the U.S. News & World Report rankings first from  “innovation.”

Meanwhile was testing its technology in Chandler as 2016. The cars — Chrysler Pacifica minivans — are driverless since mid-October.

Officials from both cities pointed to their own tech communities and cultures as a central attraction because of their expansion as AV test beds.

“Tempe has a great reputation as a sophisticated community. We’ve got a really an extraordinary selection of tech-related company and workers working in engineering,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, as he rebounds off companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and Go Daddy, that have offices at Tempe.

The tech link additionally succeeds in Chandler, said Micah Miranda, the city’s economic development manager, who noted that more than a quarter of the job base is in engineering research or production and software development.

“So we’re very, as a community, about technology and what it can do for us,” he said.

Waymo was also taken with Chandler’s grid network of roads and a chance to test in a setting which includes “extreme weather” events like duststorms, in addition to some unusual vehicles like golf carts and tractors, also said Miranda.  

“We’ve got an extremely pro-business, low-regulation neighborhood mentality,” said Miranda, summing up a number of the bigger competencies directing econonmic development, and by extension, AV testing.

The governor’s office has made AV-friendliness a priority. The state does not require any particular permitting or licensing by organizations to check their cars on Arizona roads and highways.

“Because of Arizona’s ‘hands-off’ approach to this field, we don’t require any special permits or reporting needs of the companies which come here to examine,” said Ryan Harding of the Arizona Department of Transportation. “Our goal is ensuring companies developing the technology have a hurdle-free route whilst ensuring crucial areas like security are addressed.”

Other companies like Intel and General Motors also have turned into Arizona for autonomous car testing.  

“I’d put Arizona in the group of ‘Come in, we’re open for business’ nations,” said Tara Gill, state program manager at Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, that tracks traffic accidents and deaths. “They categorized themselves as having an extremely light hand at the procedure to be able to promote technology development.”

Car and technology companies have responded in kind. Uber has approximately 200 self-driving cars deployed from the San Francisco; Phoenix and Pittsburgh. Metro areas, state officials. In Tempe, Uber’s test cars do not shuttle passengers with no human test-driver at the front seat. And the cars run within a established test course.

“Arizona has led the way when it comes to embracing ridesharing,” said Sarah Abboud, a spokesperson for Uber. “Gov. (Douglas) Ducey has made the sharing market among the top priorities during his time in office and that base in your mind, Arizona is an ideal location for Uber to introduce self driving cars.”

A few 20 says now allow for some form of autonomous car testing — California alone has permitted testing for heaps of vehicles by 45 companies, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Lyft, yet another major ride-hailing car assistance, is the latest.

In Chandler the agreement between town and Waymo isn’t a “formal relationship,” but a “mutual partnership which benefits both the testing companies and Chandler,” according to Miranda. Neither Chandler, nor Tempe has put any sort of end date for its testing.

“It is like an ‘open test,’ if you will,” said Mitchell, the mayor of Tempe. “We only hope the technology proceeds for additional advancement. You wish to be in the forefront of these items.”  

Tempe was the site of the nation’s first crash between a driverless car in March if a human-driven car collided with one of the Uber test cars. Officials decided the self-driving car wasn’t responsible.

Saftey is some thing Tempe requires seriously, said Mitchell. However, concerns about security “have not been a problem.”

Chandler addressed concerns about the safety of the testing  through a open-house Waymo functioned as a way to answer resident questions and familiarize the community with all the technology.

“And I believe answered a lot of people’s questions and concerns,” said Miranda. “And today we see the cars on the street regularly, and it is kind of no big deal today.”

“It has been a very open and transparent procedure,” he further added.

Skip DescantStaff Writer

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Web of Things, transport and other locations. He spent more than 12 years coverage for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He resides in downtown Sacramento.

Pick New Interior Doors For Your Home

March 31, 2018

When you are looking for a simple update to your home, you might want to consider replacing your interior doors. If your doors are old and they need to be replaced, you can go ahead and think about replacing your doors. New doors are going to make your home look much better and they are going to give your home a more modern look.

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You can find interior doors in a wide variety of styles and colors. Whether you want natural wood doors or colored doors, you can find just what you are looking for when you shop for your doors online. You can visit an online showroom and find a wide variety of doors for sale. You can install the doors yourself or have them installed by a professional.

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When you are ordering doors one of the most important things you have to do is make sure that the doors are the right size. You have to take the time to carefully measure the doors because the right measurements are crucial if you want to order doors that are the right size. If you are off with your measurements you are going to end up with doors that are the wrong size and this is going to cost you time and money.

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Having the proper measurements is going to be crucial and you have to do whatever is necessary to make sure that the measurements are perfect. Once you have the right measurements you can start ordering your doors. You are going to want to have a good budget figured out before you start looking at doors so you don’t spend more than you plan to on the doors. There are lots of different types of doors that you can choose from and you want to make sure that you buy doors that you can afford and that work with your budget.

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New doors can add a new look to your home and they can make the interior look more interesting. The doors add new life to your home and they make it look much better. When you have new doors installed, your home is going to look better and it will have a new and fresh feel that is inviting. If your doors are old and it is time to get new ones, you can find a great selection of quality solid interior doors online.