DOT dangles big money to encourage cities’ smart transportation efforts

The Department of Transportation is challenging medium-sized cities to craft data-driven solutions that will make their transportation infrastructures safer, easier to navigate and more reliable. Up to $40 million in federal funding will be awarded to the winning city, and the DOT’s private-sector partner, Vulcan, a tech company based in Seattle, is offering an additional $10 million to the winning city to support infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Forward-looking cities see intelligent transportation systems, connected vehicles and automated vehicles as the next logical step in an evolving, robust transportation infrastructure. Consequently, the DOT announcement said, a winning smart city should aim to have systems in vehicles and infrastructure that communicate with each other, allow for active citizen participation and integrate new concepts that leverage the sharing economy.

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