Autonomous vehicles: the importance of weather-related technology and data services
The latest webinar in our series on the business opportunities of extreme weather & climate change focuses on Autonomous Vehicles or AVs.
NOTE: this webinar took place on Wednesday 25th January - it can now be viewed free of charge through the link below.
An important topic
However you look at it, AVs are likely to play a major role in future air, sea and land transportation. But their ability to operate safely and efficiently will depend on how well they can cope with all types of weather conditions.
One area where they will have a major impact is road safety. Each year, weather related road crashes account for a fifth of all highway crashes in the US. In the UK and elsewhere, it's a similar or worse figure.
Globally, the total cost of all weather related road accidents runs into hundreds billions of dollars annually, covering insurance claims, liability, emergency services, congestion delays, rehabilitation, and environmental damage.
Automated vehicles can have a huge positive impact here, but for this to happen it will require public, private, and academic co-operation between the meteorological and transportation communities.
In the context of weather, AVs present challenges and opportunities. The big challenge is to make them operate safely in all types of weather. The big opportunities are that they can help significantly reduce the cost of weather-related accidents, and they can provide weather data useful to weather models, thereby increasing model accuracy.
In this webinar, experts from Ford UK, NCAR and L3Harris investigate the significance of AVs and the importance of weather data for their operation.
Moderator & Chair
- Dr. Sheldon Drobot, Sr. Manager, Strategy & Technology, Space Systems Sector, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris Technologies
- Dr. Curtis L. Walker, Project Scientist I, Weather Systems and Assessment Program, Research Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Brice Lambi, Software Engineer, MyRadar
- Amanda Siems-Anderson, Associate Scientist IV, Research Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Professor Richard Folkson, former Chief Engineer at Ford UK, he is an expert on low carbon vehicle technology and now works as a consultant assessing research projects for funding by Innovate UK. He was President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers from 2015-16 and has been a Smallpeice / Arkwright Scholarship Trustee since 2017