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Smart Columbus will continue as innovation lab following challenge completion

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.

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Grant helped Columbus emerge as the fastest-growing city in the Midwest for EV adoption
Grant helped Columbus emerge as the fastest-growing city in the Midwest for EV adoption

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.

 

Emerging mobility technologies

 

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:

  • The Linden LEAP – the nation’s first daily-operating public self-driving shuttle in a residential area – transported nearly 130,000 meals and 15,000 masks from St Stephen’s Community House to neighbours in need during the pandemic
  • The Pivot multimodal transportation planning app, which helps travellers plan and pay for trips throughout central Ohio using one or more transportation options like bus, ride-hailing, carpool, bikes, scooters, taxis and personal vehicle or bike, has been downloaded over 1,000 times and supported 447 trips amidst the pandemic. Pivot users reported easier transfer between different transportation modes, travel time, distance and flexibility
  • More than 1,000 vehicles participated in the connected vehicle environment, where vehicles could ‘talk’ to each other and to 85 intersections, seven of them with the highest crash rates in central Ohio. The technology improved emergency response times and slowed participant speeds in school zones during the demonstration.
  • The Ohio State University calculated investments from the implementation of the USDOT award generated an estimated gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $173.39m and generated or induced 2,366 jobs
  • An accessibility analysis found that travellers originating at the Linden Transit Centre can now reach at least 20,000 additional jobs and 3,000 additional healthcare services within 30 minutes than they would using the trip planning tools that existed prior to the introduction of the Smart Columbus projects.

“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.”

 

Mobility behaviours

 

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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