The US has chosen its city of the future. It’s not in Silicon Valley or New York and it beat out six other finalists including us: Austin, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco. The epicenter of innovation in the fields of electric mobility and connected, autonomous transport is Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus is the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. As a result it will receive $140 million with which to become a living laboratory for self-driving technology, connected vehicles, and battery research. As part of the package, Columbus will provide transportation to improve high infant mortality rates and deploy autonomous shuttles to run between a new transit center and a retail district within the city.
Pittsburgh made it to the Smart City Challenge finals praising our fair city in this video.