WSP USA continues to provide critical expertise to “Smart Columbus”, the City of Columbus, Ohio’s pursuit of its successful bid in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart City Challenge.



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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 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 an expanded Columbus Connected Transportation Network/Smart Corridors that includes 175 dedicated short range communications (DSRC) roadside units deployed in locations associated with signalized intersections, school zones and bus stops. This CV concept will further support CV-enabled transit signal priority, emergency vehicle preemption and in-vehicle signal phase and timing information. Specific to AVs, the city’s plan includes deployment of a fleet of six CV-enabled fully autonomous electric vehicles (EAVs), planned for use on public roadways, and intended to solve first- and last-mile challenges. In conjunction with these EAVs, the AV solution also includes the deployment of wireless inductive charging technologies. These elements—urban automation and connected vehicles—were two of the four highest-priority vision elements as defined by USDOT.

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