Thursday 30th Mar, 2017

US Smart Cities Initiative

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The US Department of Transport (DOT) Smart City Challenge is designed to help cities address expected rapid population growth and the consequent rapid growth in demand for public transport.

To show what is possible when communities use technology to connect transportation assets into an interactive network, the Smart City Challenge will concentrate federal resources into one medium-sized city, selected through a nationwide competition. Funding of up to $40 million in funding will go to one mid-sized city that puts forward bold, data-driven ideas to improve lives by making transportation safer, easier, and more reliable.

The Smart City Challenge will also provide the opportunity to highlight the role of public-private partnerships in addressing transportation challenges. DOT will partner with Vulcan Philanthropy for this competition – Vulcan is offering an additional $10 million to the winning city to support infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EVs).

Ideally, the winning city will view Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), connected vehicles, and automated vehicles as the next logical step in its existing, robust transportation infrastructure. It should also aim to have critical systems in vehicles and infrastructure that communicate with each other, allow for active citizen participation; and integrate new concepts that leverage the sharing economy.