Data scientists to address issues associated with EV rollout

A new virtual ‘hackathon’ will address the challenges associated with the electric vehicle (EV) roll-out. 

Ordnance Survey (OS) is inviting developers and data scientists to take part in the programme which will take place online from 6 -7 October. 

The programme will focus on four key challenges:

  • How to level up EV infrastructure planning for local government in remote communities
  • What is the demand for charge points for electric vehicle fleets and where do they need to be developed
  • How can geospatial data contribute to changing behaviours among non-EV owners
  • Open innovation – what other sustainable concepts can be created using geospatial data

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Charley Glynn, OS product manager said: ‘If Britain is to meet its carbon net-zero targets in the next nine years, then difficult puzzles have to be solved in the EV and transportation market.

‘For instance, how are we going to be able to manage the needs of potential EV owners who need to charge their car at home but live on the top floor of a block of flats, or planning car charging points in a terraced street where parking spaces are already in short supply?

‘That is why we have decided to run the OS Map and Hack virtual hackathon.

‘We are providing the platform and premium data. In return, we want to bring as many bright minds together as possible and pool their problem-solving skills together for these challenges to see if innovative solutions can start to be shaped.’

OS will provide the platform and on-demand access to all OS data. Participants can enter as individuals or in teams and prizes will be on offer for winners who will receive collaboration time with OS technical consultants and geospatial experts. 

Contributions will be evaluated by a panel of innovation and geospatial experts, who will look for the strongest and most innovative examples that make the best use of OS data and APIs.

Anyone interested in innovation within the EVs, sustainability or transportation space can register here now.

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