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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.
This time, we’re bringing you fresh developments in the smart mobility realm – including the introduction of an on-demand EV charging service, and the rising popularity of autonomous vehicles. We’ll also discuss American drivers’ expectations for EV range compared to their European and Chinese counterparts. And as always, we’re highlighting how connected vehicle data plays a crucial role in addressing the challenges and shaping the future of the mobility industry.
To calm electric vehicle drivers’ anxieties around readily available, fast-charging EV networks, mobile power solutions start-up Autev has launched an innovative service. The Seattle-based firm’s on-demand charging solution uses robots to convert parking spaces into charging stations. According to a press release, the service makes it more “convenient for EV owners, reduces the need for a fixed charging infrastructure, and helps facility owners meet the increasing demand for EV charging.”
Optimizing EV charging for US retailers
Though mobile charging availability for EVs will undoubtedly help to drive the EV revolution forward, retailers should consider investing in EV charging infrastructure to tap into the growing market of electric vehicle owners. By offering on-site charging stations, facilities can attract EV drivers who are more likely to spend time and money at their location while their vehicles charge. On this note, next week, we’ll be hosting a webinar to share the advantages of implementing the right EV charging strategy – including increased sales, new revenue streams, and more brand awareness.
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Wondering what car you’ll be driving in 2050? With the automotive industry evolving by the day, I Get Talk is exploring the trends and innovations shaping the future of cars. Notable trends include consumers prioritizing sustainability in their driving choices; electric vehicles growing in popularity due to their eco-friendly qualities; shared mobility changing the concept of car ownership; and autonomous vehicles anticipated to improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion, and lower fuel consumption.
Driving the future of autonomous vehicles
In a three-part partnered podcast series with New Statesman, we delved into connected vehicle data’s potential to revolutionize the way we live, work, and travel. If you missed it, the third and final episode saw us explore the future of autonomous vehicles; in particular, how Wejo is contributing to this process through our Autonomous Vehicle Operating System (AV-OS) and DLIVEREE – an AV prototype that uses real-time connected vehicle data to support AV advancement, testing, and operation. Tune in to hear Wejo founder and CEO Richard Barlow and a panel of automotive experts as they discuss the boundless possibilities of autonomy on our roads.
American drivers have higher expectations for electric vehicle range compared to drivers in Europe and China, according to a recent study by Bloomberg. The study found that American drivers expect a range of 300 miles from their EVs – which is increasingly becoming the standard for premium battery-powered vehicles in the US. These high-range expectations can be attributed to factors such as longer commute times, general range anxiety, and a lack of charging infrastructure.
Supercharging EV infrastructure
President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act invests $7.5 billion in EV charging infrastructure – but financial investment alone isn’t sufficient enough to meet the targets. State and local governments must consider factors such as grid demand, charging site placement, and future-proofing installations. This is where Wejo can help. Smart mobility insights allow decision makers to see where EVs are going, how they’re moving through cities and communities, what their charging levels look like at different times of the day, and more.
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