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Smart Columbus is the opportunity for US to be a model for others. We’ll roll up our sleeves and achieve our goals via 15 USDOT-funded projects and four Vulcan-funded priorities. The USDOT projects are in development now; expect them to roll out starting mid- to late-2018:

Integrated Data Exchange
Data from multiple sources is coming together so we can make better decisions and solve problems more efficiently for more people. A few words just can’t do it justice, but trust us, this heart – and brains – of Smart Columbus will help us give people better mobility options.    

Connected Vehicles
We will install devices in cars that communicate with other cars with the same devices. This allows cars to “talk” to each other, notify drivers of possible problems, and avoid collisions. Want to sign up?  Contact us.

Common Payment
Our goal: pay once, get where you’re going. It sounds so simple, but by using a lot of tech know-how to bring together a lot of payment methods, we will work to get rid of unneeded complexity that affects lives every day. No debit or credit card? No problem. We’re looking to solve that too. 

Multimodal Trip Planning
Why open five apps, make three phone calls and send a carrier pigeon just to figure out getting from point A to point B? We’re working to make it easier by pulling trip planning into one place so people can spend more time with family and friends and less time worrying how to get there. 

Smart Mobility Hubs
Biking, driving and taking the bus are all great ways of getting around so we’ll move them into one place – a hub – at select spots so residents can get to them – and onto where they need to go – more easily.

Street Lighting
Linden residents will help us learn how adding light-emitting diode (LED) lights in the community can improve safety and how Wi-Fi connectivity impacts accessing life’s necessities.

Collision Avoidance
A new system that uses camera technology will spot potential human-bus collisions and alert COTA bus drivers to it. That makes neighborhoods safer in the short run, and the data captured shapes bus system route decisions in the long run.  

Mobility Assistance
Enabling everyone to share in the community’s success is important. We’ll help our neighbors with cognitive disabilities get around by designing technology suited especially for them. 

Enhanced Permit Parking
As our urban core flourishes, more visitors seek out Downtown’s booming amenities. Residents get a leg up with tech-enabled parking permits that help city staff to quickly distinguish what vehicles belong where.   

Event Parking Management
Sometimes a lot of people need to gather in a small space. With technology that tells users where parking exists and helps them access it, we’ll get them there more directly, reduce congestion, and improve the experience of residents and visitors alike.  

Delivery Zone Availability
No one knows how busy a bustling urban core can be, more than a delivery driver trying to navigate congestion. A real-time answer will make scheduling and coordination easier and get goods where they need to go better.  

Connected Electric Autonomous Vehicles
That’s a mouthful, so we’ll just call them EAVs. Six EAVs (on set routes) will connect riders in Easton – a popular retail and commercial hub in northeast Columbus – to first and last mile stops. EAVS can make getting around safer.

Truck Platooning
Sounds like something you’d see in a Jetsons episode, right? Greater Columbus freeways will be introduced to long-haul trucks coupled via sensors that let them “talk” to one other. This saves on fuel and reduces emissions.

Oversize Vehicle Routing
Columbus can become an even better place to do business when we test technology that better guides wide and tall trucks, giving drivers what they need to know to avoid low clearances and narrow corridors. 

Interstate Truck Parking
Trip planning can become safer and more efficient for long haul drivers when we work to build a platform for them that locates truck parking options.