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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.
That’s a wrap on another week in smart mobility! As always, we’re here to make sure everyone’s up to speed. Keep reading to discover the latest in EV charging infrastructure, the growing congestion issue across the US, and the advent of autonomous public transport in Arizona…
As the electric vehicle (EV) market expands, the reliability of public EV charging stations in the US is becoming a significant concern. EV owners report that chargers are out of order 21.4% of the time – a higher rate compared to the UK. Automotive breaking news publication, CarScoops, highlighted that ensuring charger reliability is crucial, as more customers enter the EV market and governments encourage EV adoption.
How retailers can help build reliable EV charging infrastructure
With $7.5 billion of Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law dedicated to developing a national EV charging network, urban planning teams have the opportunity to build reliable and effective charging infrastructure. Recently, Wejo hosted a webinar to help retailers learn how to become preferred charging locations for EV drivers through a well-planned EV charging strategy. Specifically, we explored how smart mobility data can be used to identify prime charging locations.
According to the Global Traffic Scorecard released by INRIX, Americans are experiencing increased traffic congestion, after spending an average of 51 hours stuck in traffic in 2022 – with Chicago drivers losing the highest number of hours at 155. This unexplained traffic delay phenomenon, known as “phantom jams”, occurs when one vehicle slows down, causing a chain reaction effect and waves of traffic. Experts suggest leaving space between vehicles, maintaining a consistent speed, and avoiding sudden lane changes to mitigate the impact of phantom jams and ultimately reduce congestion.
Connected vehicle data: the key to tackling congestion
Earlier this year, Wejo released a report showing that congestion in mid-sized US cities lengthened journeys by an average of 27.5%. Analyzing travel times in 10 cities, with populations ranging from 390,000 to 500,000, we found that cities such as Miami, Atlanta, and Oakland experienced the highest levels of congestion – resulting in significantly longer journeys. These findings were based on data collected from connected vehicles between September and October 2022. Using our data, transportation departments can identify congested areas and make infrastructure improvements to improve traffic flow and safety.
Autonomous public transport is now a reality in Sun City, Arizona, as self-driving vans from May Mobility and Via begin providing on-demand rides for the senior community. The Valley wAVe service – consisting of two autonomous Toyota Sienna vans – offers free rides to residents via an app or phone call between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. The initiative aims to make inclusive and accessible transport available to as many people as possible, and the success of the Sun City pilot may lead to the expansion of similar routes in other areas.
Wejo’s role in AV development and deployment
We recently hosted a three-part podcast series in partnership with New Statesman. In the final episode, we delved into the future of autonomous vehicles, exploring the broader possibilities of self-driving cars and the regulations governing their development and deployment. Wejo’s contribution to this process comes in the form of our autonomous vehicle operating system (AV-OS), which includes a unique AV prototype called DLIVEREE. DLIVEREE uses real-time connected vehicle data to support future AV advancement, testing, and operation.
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