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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.
There’s no such thing as a slow day in the smart mobility industry. So we’re here to catch you up on the latest news surrounding EV charging networks, what AV uptake looks like in Arizona, the global pandemic that is road safety, and of course, where Wejo’s connected vehicle data comes in. Fasten your seatbelts…
A recent study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that strategic planning is the key to effective EV charging infrastructure. According to MIT, efficiently placed charging points and carefully chosen charging periods could eliminate the need for additional EV chargers. This means tracking drivers’ real behavior to see where they feel comfortable charging their vehicle, and making better charging points available in these spots – rather than creating a large network of charging points with few charging sessions.
Building a reliable charging network with connected vehicle data
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $7.5 billion in funding for the rollout of a national EV charging infrastructure – but this infrastructure is time consuming and costly to build. By partnering with Wejo, state and local governments and urban planning authorities can access a wealth of connected vehicle data, gaining insights into where EVs are going, how they’re moving through busy metropolitan areas, what their charging levels look like at various points of the day, and much more.
Phoenix has undoubtedly been one of the most progressive major cities in the nation to embrace the autonomous revolution – but that doesn’t mean everyone’s on board. Despite the state of Arizona permitting neighborhood occupant-less electric vehicles on the roads without drivers or passengers, the majority of residents remain apprehensive about AV adoption – with road safety and accident liability both prominent concerns.
Breaking new ground in the AV sector
Though autonomous vehicles will take some getting used to, the technology driving them is evolving by the day. Think about it – there was once a time when internal combustion engine vehicles felt just as strange. To accelerate the AV evolution, Wejo has developed an Autonomous Vehicle Operating System, which draws on connected vehicle data to give developers the tools and guidance to revolutionize the AV testing process.
Jean Todt, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, has declared 1.3 million annual road deaths “a global pandemic.” Contributing to this figure with 42,500 road-related deaths each year, the United States’ road traffic fatality rate is among the highest in the developed world. This month, Todt met with officials in Washington to urge the US to lead the way in promoting international road safety. Speaking to the Washington Post, Todt declared, “If there is one country who can achieve good results, it is the US.”
Making our roads safer with connected vehicle data
Road safety doesn’t just concern the driver, or indeed other drivers on the roads. The quality of our road surfaces also plays a huge part in how vehicles and drivers operate, and road deterioration is a growing concern in the US. That’s why Wejo has developed Road Health. Powered by NIRA Dynamics, this innovative technology uses connected vehicle data to gather information on road friction, road roughness, and road bumps. We then combine these details to present a complete picture of road surface conditions in towns and cities.
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