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Ohio State research is a boon to the Smart City project

Columbus is a smart city. Correct that, Columbus is the smartest city. The products of this distinction — our city as the winner of last year’s U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge — will start rolling out in mid- to late 2018.

Columbus was crowned the champion of 78 cities that competed in developing ideas “to use technology, data and applications to move people and goods quickly, cheaply and efficiently. Ohio State is serving as the lead research institution, incorporating university work on driverless cars and efforts to help vehicles sense and communicate with each other to improve safety and efficiency.

Columbus now has $40 million in funding from the federal government and $10 million from Vulcan Inc. — plus tens of millions contributed by public and private donors — to implement intelligent transportation systems.

Nearly 20 projects are under way, including equipping public buses with collision-avoidance systems and installing LED street lighting in the Linden neighborhood.

This is a city that knows how to move a nation.