Kirkland, WA – September 19, 2017 – Cities around the world are preparing for autonomous vehicles (AVs), which promise transformative benefits as well as the potential to reshape public and private transportation. INRIX, Inc., the world leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, today announced it has joined the World Economic Forum (the Forum) to help support worldwide planning and deployment of AVs.
As the international organization for public-private cooperation, the Forum is uniquely positioned to bring together key stakeholders. Top experts from the automotive, logistics, public sector, technology and transportation industries will convene to address challenges and develop a model to successfully test and deploy driverless vehicles.
INRIX has been at the forefront of transforming big data into insight for public and private sector partners since 2005. Avery Ash, Autonomous Vehicle Market Lead at INRIX, has joined the Forum’s executive working group on the Future of Urban and Autonomous Mobility to prepare, deploy and refine AVs in cities around the world. He brings more than a decade of experience in working on policy issues at the intersection of transportation and technology. Ash will leverage INRIX resources and expertise to support the Forum’s work to pilot test and deploy AVs on public roads in Boston.
The City of Boston was selected as the lead partner by the Forum’s City Challenge. With the support of the executive working group, Boston will develop and implement a 21st-century mobility strategy that includes the use of AVs on city streets. The first nuTonomy self-driving vehicles began limited testing in January in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park in South Boston and were approved for wider testing in April.
“The World Economic Forum is creating a roadmap for how cities around the world will plan for and deploy driverless vehicles,” said Ash. “INRIX has a proven track record of successfully working with the public and private sectors, and will ensure data-driven planning is at the core of AV deployment efforts. As these vehicles move from pilot tests to more widespread deployment, cities will increasingly rely on mobility data to understand, validate and maximize the potential of this technology.”
“We are pleased to welcome INRIX as the World Economic Forum’s newest member company. Their expertise in urban and autonomous mobility trends will be essential to accelerate the transformation to secure, inclusive and smart global transportation systems,” said Olivier Schwab, Head of Business Engagement and Member of the Executive Committee at the Forum.
INRIX is the preferred provider of driving intelligence for leading automakers and transportation agencies around the world, including Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, more than 60 U.S. Departments of Transportation, the US Federal Highway Administration, Highways England and Danish Road Directorate.
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. By aggregating a variety of sources and applying intelligence, INRIX delivers comprehensive data and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small.
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