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Five of the eight grant-funded projects will be sustained by the City past the term of the grant, making new mobility tools available to Columbus travellers as mobility behaviours rebound post-pandemic.
Columbus, Ohio, reports it has concluded delivery of its Smart City Challenge in which mobility technology including autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, electric vehicles and app-based mobility tools were deployed to connect residents to opportunity.
The projects were funded through $50m from the Smart City Challenge awards from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Paul G Allen Family Foundation, and $19m in city, state and county cost-share.
The deployment of the portfolio of emerging mobility technologies set out to demonstrate how safer, cleaner and more equitable transportation options can create opportunity for Columbus residents and help prepare the region for the future.
With delivery of the challenge grants complete, the City of Columbus and the Columbus Partnership today announced that Smart Columbus will be sustained as an agile, collaborative innovation lab.
The organisation will explore how mobility innovation, climate technologies, digitalisation, and other emerging technologies can help address complex societal problems, respond to disruption and generate economic opportunity.
“Through the Smart City Challenge, we’ve led the country in deploying new mobility technologies, but we’ve never been interested in tech for tech’s sake. These innovations served to advance prosperity in our community, help expectant mothers access healthcare and food, distribute meals and masks to neighbours in need, and help essential workers get to work during the pandemic,” said Andrew Ginther, mayor of Columbus.
“Our leadership in defining the future of cities has also created a playbook for cities for how to collaborate with residents, technology providers and community partners to deploy technologies that can make a lasting community impact”
“When we deploy technology in partnership with the community, we can address some of our most pressing challenges. Smart Columbus will continue to explore how mobility innovation, climate technologies, digitalisation and other emerging technologies can help us address complex societal problems, respond to disruption and generate economic opportunity.”
Key findings from the City’s executive summary and final report include:
“Through the delivery of the Smart City Challenge, Columbus has shown how innovative and impactful transportation solutions can help our residents live their best lives,” said Mandy Bishop, Smart Columbus programme manager, City of Columbus.
“Our leadership in defining the future of cities has also created a playbook for cities for how to collaborate with residents, technology providers and community partners to deploy technologies that can make a lasting community impact.”
Five of the eight grant-funded projects – Pivot, ParkColumbus, smart mobility hubs, the connected vehicle environment, and the Smart Columbus Operating System – will be sustained by the City of Columbus past the term of the grant, making new mobility tools available to Columbus travellers as mobility behaviours rebound post-pandemic.
In May 2020, Columbus concluded the $10m Smart City Challenge grant awarded by the Paul G Allen Family Foundation, which the City claims helped it emerge as the fastest-growing city in the Midwest for electric vehicle adoption.
Expanding on the decarbonisation vision of the grant, the City of Columbus recently unveiled a Climate Action Plan with a goal of climate neutrality by 2050, and the Columbus Partnership launched a collaborative energy buying programme to help large corporate and industry buyers accelerate their transition to clean energy.
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