Science and Technology

The Phoenix suburb of Peoria will be the testing ground for an autonomous shuttle service later this month. 

Waymo on Facebook

Waymo says one of its self-driving vehicles was operating in manual mode when it was involved in a rear-end collision in a Phoenix suburb and that the crash was caused by reckless driving of the other vehicle. 

A New Mexico jail is no longer allowing family and friends to speak to detainees on site and will offer only off-site phone or online video chats. 

The Flagstaff Unified School District has launched an app that aims to meet the smartphone generation where they are. The Anonymous Alerts app allows students, parents and others to report information to the district…everything from concerns about bullying and mental health, to event schedules and even icy school sidewalks. It allows users to remain anonymous so they can seek help without fear of social reprisal. KNAU’s Zac Ziegler spoke with FUSD’s Zachery Fountain about the app.


Data encryption is a hidden part of our everyday life. Every time any sort of information is sent electronically, that message is encrypted and decrypted to prevent it from being intercepted. The computer code that does that encryption is approaching 40 years old, and increasingly vulnerable to hacking. 


A flat desert grassland in southeastern Arizona is being considered as a potential landing site for a new reusable spacecraft.

Zac Ziegler

 Northern Arizona University plans to use cameras that read license plates to monitor parking rather than stickers affixed to windshields, officials said.

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed giving rural Native American tribes a priority filing window for licenses that could expand internet access on their land.


Officials at the Grand Canyon Unified School District have a big project to work on this summer. They’re pushing forward a plan that would run a fiber optic cable to the district’s lone school, giving it high speed internet for the first time. KNAU’s Zac Ziegler reports:

The Arizona Attorney General's office says a settlement has been reached in the first health care data breach lawsuit involving numerous states.