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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 week, there has been another mammoth investment announced for US infrastructure. We’re breaking down what the funding is for, as well as how you can gain access to it. We’re also discussing how autonomous vehicles can limit safety risks on the roads, and how we can remove the obstacles in the way of electric vehicle road trips.
What do all these things have in common? Connected vehicle data. Let’s get started…
At the beginning of the month, the Biden-Harris administration announced its plans to inject over $36 million into nearly 100 projects to improve water quality, roads, trails, bridges, and fish habitats in the US’s national forest and grassland areas. The funding has been made possible through Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, an historic investment into US infrastructure through a range of competitive programs.
Unlocking IIJA funding with connected vehicle data
To improve your chances of accessing funding for your project via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Wejo’s experts have created a dedicated Infrastructure Bill Resource Hub. Within this hub, we explain exactly what the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is, what types of projects are being funded through it, how the funds are being distributed and, most importantly, how Wejo’s connected vehicle data can set your project proposal apart.
According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving fatalities have increased by 21% – with the fatality rate its highest since 2016. MoneyGeek further analyzed this data, discovering that Indiana and Arizona have experienced the largest increases in distracted driving deaths between 2020 and 2021 – with fatalities increasing by 56% and 48%, respectively. Rising distracted driving rates in Florida have put the state in the top 10 for the first time.
Autonomous vehicles as a road safety solution
One way of reducing the issue of distracted driving is by removing the driver from the equation altogether – in other words, switching to self-driving vehicles. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) won’t check their phones while driving, drive drunk, adjust the radio, or talk to other passengers. AVs will also adhere to speed limits. In a partnered podcast series with the New Statesman earlier this year, we explored the potential of AVs for revolutionizing road safety – and the steps we need to take to make the autonomous future possible.
Last month, the L.A. Times’ Deputy Editorial Page Editor published a commentary on why she’s ready to trade in her electric vehicle. This month, the same publication included a Letters to the Editor segment in which members of the public shared their own opinions on long-distance electric vehicle journeys. The general consensus? EV road-tripping is definitely a goal – and indeed a possibility – but first, EV drivers need the assurance of accessible charging stations that can service all EVs.
Using connected vehicle data to power a mass EV rollout
Within the Biden-Harris administration’s historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, $7.5 billion has been allocated to the development of a national EV charging network. But building EV charging infrastructure remains time-consuming and costly. This is where Wejo can help. As a leading provider of connected vehicle data, we can equip state and local governments with highly accurate, granular data on where EVs are traveling and when – allowing them to identify where EV charging stations are best placed to support long-distance journeys.
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