Columbus, OH unveils playbook on becoming a smart city

Columbus received $40 million in grant money when it won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge in 2016. It faced some questions last year after it altered the programs for which the money would be used, cutting four projects that had been included in its proposal that won the national competition, however the city has since gained momentum with its smart development and has grown into a model “smart city.”

In May, Columbus launched the first version of its smart operating system to analyze and share transportation data from 1,100 different feeds, and over the summer the city opened the Smart Columbus Experience Center where visitors can learn about transportation and sustainability technologies like electric vehicles, while going through interactive exhibits.

The city has also announced initiatives for self-driving shuttles, purchasing electric municipal fleet vehicleselectric taxi funding and a Connected Vehicle Environment program.