Winning $40 million in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DoT) Smart City Challenge has proven to be only the first of many steps for Columbus, Ohio to become the nation’s first city to fully integrate self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors into its transportation network.”It’s a four-year grant cycle, and in year one there’s a lot of planning going into effect,” said Jeffrey Ortega, assistant director of the Columbus Department of Public Service and spokesman for Smart Columbus, the city’s smart city initiative. Columbus won the DoT challenge in June, and deployment of smart transportation will begin at some point in late 2017 or early 2018, or even beyond, Ortega said. SEE: Columbus, Ohio wins federal ‘smart city’ challenge (ZDNet)The city received an additional $10 million grant from Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., and has already raised $90 million from private partners to accelerate the city’s move to become an electrified, low-emissions transportation hub. The $40 million in federal money was raised through public-private partnerships including Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., cloud partner Amazon Web Services, NXP Semiconductors, Mobileye, Autodesk, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, AT&T, DC Solar, and Continental Automotive.But for Columbus, becoming smarter isn’t just about transportation. With its… Read full this story
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