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Getting hands-on with Smart Columbus

The centre will also receive cities and technology leaders from around the world to share knowledge

The Smart Columbus Experience Centre will help to envision future
The Smart Columbus Experience Centre will help to envision future

The US city of Columbus in Ohio has opened an experience centre for citizens and visitors to find out more about how they can help to transform mobility in the area.


The Smart Columbus Experience Centre demonstrates new mobility options, such as connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles, which are designed to make Columbus a more connected community.


The centre will also serve as the new Smart Columbus’ headquarters with workspaces, conference rooms and an event space. Like the Smart Columbus initiative itself, the development of the centre was made possible through public and private sector collaboration.


Hands-on educational experiences and technology demonstrations will show visitors how technology and innovation in transportation will grow the local economy and create ladders of opportunity for central Ohio residents.


“Smart Columbus is about envisioning a future for our city that benefits us all, and transforming mobility to make our community safer, more equitable, more vibrant and more sustainable,” said Mayor Andrew J Ginther.


“I hope every resident who visits the centre will see how our efforts to embrace the latest mobility technologies will personally benefit them; and that they will identify ways -- big and small -- that they can act to help us transport our city to the future.”


The centre will also receive cities and technology leaders from around the world to share lessons learned from the implementation of Columbus’ smart city portfolio. As the winner of the 2016 Smart City Challenge sponsored by the US Department of Transportation and the Paul G Allen Philanthropies, Columbus has embraced the task of teaching cities about its smart city successes and challenges, to help accelerate smart city advancements around the globe.


Located at 170 Civic Centre Drive, the centre will be open to the public seven days a week and features a 3,000-square-foot showroom where visitors will have the opportunity to experience hands-on demonstrations of new mobility technologies. These include:


Seeing is Believing: a vision for the future is projected via illustrations on the showroom windows onto the real Columbus streets and sidewalks outside. Through the illustrations, visitors will see how self-driving vehicles, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, connected intersections and even wearable devices can be incorporated into our landscape and daily life


Understanding the Vision: an interactive map featuring videos and future visualisations showcase the projects within the Smart Columbus portfolio.


Cruising into the Future: visitors can experience first-hand how driving electric is a more exciting, convenient, sustainable and affordable way to get around the city. A fleet of six electric vehicles will be on display and available for test drives through a connected vehicle environment provided by NXP and Cohda Wireless.


Tomorrow’s Technology, Today: Visitors will be able to touch and feel the latest mobility and energy efficiency technologies to understand how they’ll improve city life in the near future.


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