|On 7 December 2015,
the USDOT issued the Smart City Challenge encouraging cities to put forward
their best and most creative ideas for innovatively addressing the challenges
they are facing.
|U.S. DOT received
seventy-eight applications – one from nearly every mid-sized city in America.
|The seven finalist
cities that were announced at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March – Austin,
Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco – rose
to the Smart City Challenge in an extraordinary way. They presented
innovative concepts, proposing to create new first of a kind corridors for
autonomous vehicles to move city residents, to electrify city fleets, and to
collectively equip over thirteen thousand buses, taxis, and cars with
vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication.
|On 23 June 2016,
Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Columbus, OH as the winner of the Smart City