In June, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the City of Columbus, Ohio, won its Smart City Challenge contest. While Denver was disappointed it did not receive the U.S. DOT funding, it created a clear roadmap during the competition that will help deliver mobility freedom to everyone who needs to get around town. Denver has already begun prioritizing projects from its Smart City proposal to continue to move forward on ideas developed during the process and will regroup in the days ahead with its partners at CDOT, RTD and the dozens of other organizations that contributed to its Smart City plan.
Denver’s proposal aimed to overcome challenges caused by rapid population growth, increased traffic congestion, increasing numbers of serious crashes, environmental impacts, and widening income, housing and education gaps. A significant portion of the programs and demonstration projects are aimed specifically at delivering mobility freedom and better connections to opportunities for the 200,000 people living in 22 of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods in West, North and Northeast Denver.
Our Smart City proposal was composed of four integrated components with a dozen distinct projects to:
The total value of Denver’s proposal exceeded $84 million.
This living, intelligent data engine will serve as a national model for gathering disparate data sets, incorporating new data from thousands of sources and providing a constant data feedback loop that continuously improves our understanding of where, when, how and why people are going places – so that ultimately we can improve their travel options and experiences. This engine will power our entire proposal.
This component takes the data and makes it available in a universal mobility marketplace.
This platform will allow us to:
This component focuses on the electrification of City, transit and other commercial vehicle fleets; incentivizing greater deployment of electric vehicles for personal use; installing additional charging stations; and partnering with Xcel Energy to further de-carbonize the grid. We will:
This component will usher in a new era of transformational technologies that will connect vehicles to each other, traffic signals and other infrastructure, and ultimately will lead to driverless cars. This component will: