Can connected vehicle data help advance EV take-up?
New podcast series from New Statesman and Wejo

Our founder and CEO Richard Barlow joins New Statesman's Alona Ferber, plus other expert guests, for a special partnered series on the transformative role connected vehicle data will play in shaping the future.

When people discuss the potential of data to improve our daily lives, it’s often a forward-looking conversation. And that makes sense, when there’s a seemingly infinite playing field of big data that can be streamlined into world-changing solutions. Wejo, of course, has a lot to say on the subject. But as far as our solutions go, that potential is already being realized – bringing the future into focus with connected vehicle data.

EPISODE TWO - Can connected vehicle data help advance EV take-up?
23 January 2023 | 21 mins

In the second of a three-part podcast series, our founder and CEO Richard Barlow joins a new panel of guests to understand what’s really standing in the way of EV uptake, and how connected vehicle data can help.

When EV targets first came into play, world leaders took a deep breath before preparing their approach to win the race and convert investments. Manufacturing the vehicles and quelling range anxiety won’t be easy, but implementing the right charging infrastructure is a different beast entirely.

Fast forward to the present, and the uptake is happening! The UK, for example, has seen huge year-on-year growth in electric car registration. But if the country wants to end the production of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 – and the US wants EVs to make up 50% of car sales – we need to ensure quantity and quality of charging point implementation. Not to mention the demand on the grid is already exceeding power availability – a major issue when EV usage is only in its infancy.

In this episode, hosted by New Statesman’s Alona Ferber, we explore these challenges in greater detail, with views towards a solution that supports a sustainable EV network. 

With real-time connected vehicle data, we can help communities build out charging infrastructure based on local usage insights. In addition, we can empower energy providers and automotive manufacturers with more intelligence around the grid, so it can be upgraded appropriately.

Joined by a panel of experts from across the EV spectrum, Richard explores how this data – delivered through our electric vehicle Operating System with Palantir Foundry – can be harnessed to support the major EV rollout ahead of us.

Featured guests

Alona Ferber
New Statesman
Editor of the Spotlight policy channel

Richard Barlow
Founder & CEO

Melanie Shufflebotham
Founder & COO

Dale Vince

Philippe Vangeel
Secretary General

In this podcast you’ll discover:

- The current EV situation in the UK and elsewhere
- The challenges preventing greater EV uptake
- How real-time data can help energy providers, automakers, manufacturers and public agencies overcome issues to produce and prepare charging infrastructure, and assist the grid to support a major EV rollout.

Discover these insights for yourself by pressing the play button below.

Stay tuned for the next episode in the series, focused on accelerating the AV future.

Expert take

Innovations to propel an autonomous future

Our Autonomous Vehicle Operating System (AV OS) platform is powered by historical and real-time data sourced from 13 million connected vehicles.

Wejo’s historical and real-time data provide Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with the ability explore and develop their own autonomous vehicles. The insight provided from over 80 billion journeys instantly create a highly experienced autonomous driver that understands historical decisions made by vehicles, traffic patterns, and routes. Wejo smart mobility data also provides movements of vehicles in their immediate vicinity so the vehicle can make calculated instant decisions to maintain road safety and safe movements. 

Our AV-OS platform is channelled into our two developing autonomous vehicles:

Autonomous robotaxi and ride hailing vehicle​

Autonomous freight and delivery vehicle

These autonomous vehicles being tracked tested and will soon progress to “on the road” testing to showcase to OEMs that they can access powerful insights from Wejo to drive their own AV innovations.

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