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Columbus Ohio officially winner of DOT Smart City Challenge and $140 million in innovation grants

TechCrunch TechCrunch 23/06/2016 Jay Donovan

With the Columbus Dispatch (and many possible runner-up cities) reporting two days ago that Columbus was the winner of the Smart City Challenge, official word was silent until this afternoon.

Today in Columbus, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx was present to officially recognize and announce—to a full house at the Douglas Community Center in the neighbor of Linden—that the city is indeed the winner and will reap the benefits of the Victory and the $50 million grant plus $90 million in local matching contributions.

Plans for the grants will include:

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Battery Research
  • Electric charging stations throughout the city
  • 13000 busses and cars to be connected with vehicle-to-vehicle communications
  • Three electric self-driving shuttles to connect residents for jobs

And more…

The Secretary also shared a few details about how Columbus’s vision and proposal for transportation innovation stood out from the other cities that participated and that the creativity and comprehensiveness of the proposal was key.

With this regard, one detail shared was how the Columbus transportation solution could solve for infant mortality. Since the infant mortality rate in Columbus is four times the national average, the proposal addressed how this outcome could be be addressed for the communities in Columbus that struggle with transportation.

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