Florida Highway Patrol and Beep Host Safety Workshop

Colonel Gene Spaulding (FHP), Beep CEO Joe Moye, Lt. Colonel Troy Thompson (FHP), Chief Derek D. Barrs (FHP)

In collaboration with FHP, Beep held a workshop on Incident Investigation Processes in Lake Nona late last year. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss and evaluate the new requirements for assisting first responders in traffic incident investigations that involve advanced driving systems and autonomous vehicles. The 3-hour workshop well attended with 40+ attendees from FLHSMV, FHP, FDOT, NHTSA and guests from several political offices including Senator Jeff Brandes.

FLHSMV Workshop in progress

All of the attendees truly embraced the spirit of the session and came prepared and willing to have open and meaningful discussions on the topics presented. One of the clear conclusions that came out of the workshop was that, as these technologies advance and are deployed on our roadways, it is essential for public safety teams and industry partners to share information and continue to develop best practices pertaining to incident investigation and risk mitigation. This will impact how we ultimately prepare the responding officers with the needed training and tools to properly support their responsibilities in the new world of autonomous/automated vehicles.

The workshop covered many relevant topics that should be proactively considered with any new technology-based solution including: An education on current state and processes for incident investigation, future state for incident investigations and what new tools, skills and resources may be needed in an autonomous world, data availability/access and the role data could play in recreating a scene in the future and finally, the enhanced importance of cyber security and its implications to connected systems.

Senator Brandes addressing the teams.

The workshop proved that there is a tremendous opportunity to impact an industry and this important area of technology in its nascent stage to ensure that critical organizations such as the FHP and all others have a voice in shaping how this technology impacts and enhances their respective missions and the safety of our citizens. We look forward to continued collaboration with this great team!

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Beep has incorporated this same collaboration and focus on preparedness and safety in other activities as well, including the First Responder Training Programs that we have deployed in Orlando and Jacksonville last year.


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