Smart City Projects

Behind the scenes of smart city projects

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) pledged $40 million to Columbus as the winner of the Smart City Challenge. By challenging American cities to use emerging transportation technologies to address their most pressing problems, USDOT aimed to spread innovation through a mixture of competition, collaboration and experimentattion.

As projects get deployed over the grant period, visit Smart Columbus Operating System to see the impact of these demonstration projects through  lenses of operational transparency and measurement – and ultimately with a goal of replicability by other cities. 

Smart Columbus Operating System serves as the data “backbone” for our smart city projects,  serving to collect and transmit data about the projects, and to capture performance data reported to the USDOT and the public. Search for key performance indicator data (or KPI) to compare and contrast the project data with data determined to help measure the impact of projects over time

Available Now

Connected Electric Autonomous Vehicle* 

  • Go Live Date: January 2019
  • Data Provider: May Mobility

Mobility Assistance for People with Cognitive Disabilities 

  • Go Live Date: April 2019
  • Data Provider: AbleLink

Multi-modal Trip Planning Application

  • Go Live Date: August 2019
  • Data Provide:

In Progress

  • Connected Electric Autonomous Vehicle
  • Common Payment System (integration with Multi-modal Trip Planning Application)
  • Smart Mobility Hubs
  • Event Parking Management
  • Prenatal Trip Assistance Application
  • Connected Vehicle Environment

To learn more about the projects, visit


*Our first CEAV pilot demonstration project will inform a second pilot. The USDOT-funded CEAV deployment will launch in November 2019, serving the first- and last-mile needs of the Linden community