As Columbus, Ohio, pursues ‘smart city’ plan, officials consider AI

Joanna Pinkerton, president of the Central Ohio Transit Authority, told the audience that she’s used AI to help her office adapt to consumer needs. There are more consumers than ever on Ohio’s roads, with millions more expected to move to the region over the next decade.

Pinkerton plans to use AI to optimize the road network and connected vehicle environment — motorcycles, pedestrians, buses and cars.

“The breadth of government is so broad that people don’t realize how [AI] could be applied to every single segment,” Pinkerton said. “We can’t do it all at once, so we do have to focus.”