Smart cities need more industry partnerships, less gadget worship

While a dizzying array of connected gadgetry is vying for room on city leaders’ wish lists, industry experts advise less focus on the technology itself and more on industry partnerships that can build out smart cities. At the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors held in Washington, D.C., Joanne Hovis, president of Maryland-based IT consultancy CTC […]

Local smart city planners want big government to butt out

With federal and regional governments jumping on the smart cities bandwagon, industry pundits want big government to butt out and let local players work their magic. Morning Consult reported on a recent panel discussion at the Information and Innovation Foundation. During the discussion, many industry experts brought up the topic of government involvement in smart cities. […]

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Columbus’ smart city win may lead to autonomous trucks

The Department of Transportation declared Columbus, Ohio the winner of the Smart Cities Challenge earlier this year. Now, city leaders plan to spend some of the $50 million reward on an autonomous “truck platoon” capable of driving in urban areas. Columbus Region Logistics Council backed the project, which will test the autonomous trucks at Ohio […]

Why Columbus won the DOT Smart Cities Challenge

Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, is rumored to have won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Smart City Challenge, receiving $40 million from the DOT, and $10M from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. — along with another $90 million pledged by private sector partners to change the mobility landscape of the city. “This funding is a […]

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US DOT Smart City Challenge drives closer to finish line

Seven potential smart cities enter, but there can be only one. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) picks its winner from among the seven finalists for its Smart City Challenge. The final seven cities include Austin, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Colorado, Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California. They were whittled down from 78 cities that […]