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Columbus, OH Poised to Lead With Driverless Cars

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Columbus, OH has won $50 million to get its streets ready for driverless cars. The funding comes from the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Smart Cities Challenge, which asked cities to devise infrastructure plans that would integrate self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors. The $40 million from the DOT can be spent in whatever way possible for Columbus to become the country's first city to fully integrate self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors into its transportation network. Columbus also receives 100 Wi-Fi kiosks with traffic information from Google's Sidewalk Labs and wireless communication data from NXP for cars to communicate.

An additional $10 million from Vulcan, Inc., is to be used to incorporate an electric vehicle infrastructure. And future plans call for installing driver- assistance technology in city buses. "We want to be epicenter," says Rory McGuiness, deputy director the department of development for Columbus. "We want to be synonymous for intelligent transportation systems in same way that Silicon Valley is for tech."


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