Columbus Wins ‘Smart City’ Competition

Leaving behind all its competitors Columbus, Ohio won the "smart city" competition held by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The city won $40 million of federal start-up funds which will help in the city's plan to incorporate innovative technology like driverless cars and smart sensors.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown cheered the victory over its tech-savvy opponents and said the prize was a "game changer for the City of Columbus and central Ohio." He also added that blend of federal as well as local money would help in turning the project into reality.

According to the Columbus officials, last year they spent $50 million in local transportation.

The officials say, they want to connect to the community of Linden which has a high infant mortality to the neighboring Easton, which is a centre of jobs using autonomous vehicles.

They also intend to design a smart card and app which will cover bus fares and ride and car sharing services which can be used by those who do not have a credit card. Among other initiatives, the authorities also plan to boost use of electric vehicles and provide broadband in the important bus route.