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In this blog series, we’ll unpack the latest smart mobility news in a little more detail. Each week we’ll focus on fresh topics, covering emerging stories and research that has caught our attention.
It’s been an eventful few days in the smart mobility industry, with more updated outlooks and new technological advances. As governments, corporations, and research bodies alike put their collective foot on the pedal to bring us closer to a smarter future, we’re highlighting how Wejo’s insights can help them to deliver…
A new report by the California Mobility Center, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council has highlighted the need for collaboration between electric utilities and the electric vehicle industry. It states that early engagement, collaboration, and information sharing is required between the industries to prepare for the projected increase in electric vehicle adoption and charging. “By forming a working group to bring all EV stakeholders together, we can better accelerate innovation and help prevent grid reliability challenges before they happen,” Arlen Orchard, California Mobility Center Chair, said in a statement.
Since announcing his pledge for 50% of all new vehicle sales to be electric by 2030, President Biden has wasted no time getting the US EV Acceleration Challenge underway. Aiding this transition is Blink Charging – who will invest $49 million to increase production to 40,000 chargers per year by 2024. Similarly, Uber’s Green Future program aims to reach 400 million EV miles driven on its platform by the end of 2023. The National Automobile Dealers Association and the Center for Sustainable Energy are launching an online training program to school salespeople promoting EVs, while Walmart plans to install new EV fast-charging stations at locations around the country by 2030.
Join the EV charging revolution
To accelerate mass EV adoption over the next seven years, the Biden-Harris administration has also allocated $7.5 billion in the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for the development of a national EV charging infrastructure. Applications for funding are currently open to state and local governments, giving you the opportunity to establish effective EV charging stations in your area. At Wejo, we support your application with connected vehicle data – which can pinpoint where EV drivers are traveling and when, allowing you to accurately and effectively map out charging points.
Ali Hajbabaie, a civil engineer at North Carolina State University, has envisioned a future in which man and machine – autonomous vehicle and fellow driver, that is – exist in complete harmony. How does it work? Well, instead of operating a red, amber, and green traffic light system, when the light changes, it’s white. White translates to “Robots, go! Humans, follow!” Hajbabaie’s hope is that by rewriting the traffic infrastructure to control the flow of both people and robots, we can “Integrate connected driverless car technology into traffic control systems to make intersections safer and more environmentally friendly.”
Addressing the autonomous challenge with Wejo’s AV-OS
Though the autonomous possibility brings all kinds of exciting opportunities, before we move full speed ahead, we must navigate the obstacles currently in the way of AVs. Autonomous vehicles will also require new legislation to regulate their activity and ensure they’re road ready. On this subject, Wejo’s founder and CEO sat down with New Statesman to discuss how we can advance autonomy on our roads, and how Wejo’s Autonomous Vehicle Operating System (AV-OS) is helping automakers reach this goal.
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