Tampa transit system invests in smart tech for connected vehicles

Tampa is updating its traffic management system for the 21st Century. Funded through a $40-million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, the transit system upgrade will include new equipment, such as cameras, sensors, and fiber-optic cables, as well as software, to pave the road for a rollout of connected vehicles by 2020.

The city created the Smart Mobility Division in early 2018 to spearhead the implementation of the technology.

“Think of it as building a tablet on top of which we can run a smart city application,” says Vik Bhide, manager of the Smart Mobility Division.