The City of Austin has set its sights set on becoming a "Smart City" -- one that uses cutting-edge technology to address mobility, safety, equity and environmental challenges for all its residents.
Austin was even selected as one of seven finalists out of 78 applicants competing to develop 21st century transportation solutions in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. Although Columbus, Ohio, won the combined prize -- a $40 million USDOT grant and a $10 million grant from Vulcan Inc. for vehicle electrification -- the City and its partners are proud to have crafted a robust and ambitious set of proposals. It was truly a team effort, involving public agencies, research institutions, private companies and others.
The City looks forward to further developing the relationships it established during the Smart City Challenge and pursuing the ideas in its proposal as it works to become a leading Smart City. Keep reading to learn more about Austin's proposal and check back for updates about new and upcoming Smart City initiatives.
As part of its Smart City Challenge proposal, Austin submitted two videos and laid out a plan involving automated and connected vehicles, intelligent sensors, open data, real-time traveler information and a suite of mobility options for travelers. The video above explains why Austin is ready to become a Smart City and the video below provides a visual overview of the proposal.
Austin’s Smart City array of technology solutions and applications was developed by a regional partnership with Capital Metro, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Austin Energy, the University of Texas, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the Southwest Research Institute, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) and the Rocky Mountain Institute. This team was augmented by numerous community and private sector partners.