The US Department of Transport (USDOT) has pledged up to $40 million to one city to help it define what it means to be a “Smart City“ and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network.
This year’s finalists were: Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA. Columbus won the $40 million grant in June 2016. In addition, Vulcan Inc. has contributed another $10 million to incorporate electric vehicle infrastructure.
The Embassy of Canada in Rome organized “Smart and the City,” a one day event where leading Canadian and Italian Smart Cities experts created international connections, shared best practices and strategically discussed cutting edge approaches for the future of our global cities.
A repeated message throughout the event was that a city’s success as a Smart City is dependent on prioritizing the people’s needs first. Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Urban Planner of the City of Toronto, also reiterated that “Smart Cities require smart people that know what to do with technology to advance prosperity.”