USDOT: What We Learned from the Smart City Challenge to Build Cities for the Future

Even more was learned through the comprehensive applications prepared by the seven finalists: Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco. All together, the seven finalists proposed to add more than 1,000 advanced traffic signals and 13,000 connected vehicles using dedicated short range communications (DSRC) technology. Six of the seven finalists proposed creating ‘mobility marketplaces’ to allow residents to find and pay for a variety of transportation options – bikeshare, carshare, transit, rideshare – all in one place. The winning city, Columbus, OH, proposed a comprehensive, integrated plan addressing challenges in residential, commercial, freight, and downtown districts using a number of new technologies, including connected infrastructure, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, an integrated data platform, autonomous vehicles, and more.