Earlier this year, Highways England became our newest sponsor and right away they knew exactly what they wanted to do – they wanted to organise a ‘hack day.’ They have data that they regularly collect but never seems to leave the office, and they’re open-minded to the kinds of data people might want to see in the future. Perfect!
On 5 July 2016, we held an open meeting to get things started for #HighwaysHack- a chance to ask questions, make suggestions, and ultimately shape the hack day in October. Below are just some of the thoughts, questions, etc, that came out of an hour-long free for all chat:
- who needs to be involved? who isn’t here (meeting) that should be?
- what data is available now? and what data needs to be made available?
- can origin-destination data and ‘flow’ data be collected? how could that feed in to design and infrastructure?
- has any thought been given to how self-driving vehicles would impact the roads and other road users?
- can we better utilise the camera networks associated with Highways England?
We’ve created a Google Doc with more of the information and questions from the evening, so if you couldn’t make it or you have something interesting to add to it, have a look 🙂 The next step now is preparing for #HighwaysHack in October, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements and event details.