Smart Columbus

Reshaping Columbus’s Transportation System

The winner of USDOT’s Smart City Challenge, Columbus is ready to harness the power and potential of data, technology and creativity to reimagine how people and goods move throughout the city, reshaping its transportation system to become a fully-integrated city.

As part of the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) implementation team, WSP USA is leading the systems engineering and design activities for both the connected vehicle (CV) and autonomous vehicle (AV) projects within the city. The planned CV elements include three interconnected Smart Corridors that includes approximately 115 dedicated short-range communications roadside units deployed in locations associated with signalized intersections, school zones and bus stops. Up to 1,800 vehicles will also be CV-enabled. This CV concept will support in-vehicle warning for red lights and school zones, along with transit signal priority and emergency vehicle preemption for select vehicles. The city’s plan for AV deployment includes fully autonomous, CV-enabled electric vehicles, operating on public roadways, and coordinated with the local transit agency to solve first/last mile challenges. These elements—urban automation and CVs—are two of the highest priority vision elements as defined by USDOT in the Smart City Challenge.

We continue to build on our connected and automated vehicle expertise, enabling Columbus and other cities to meet smart challenges for the future.