Upcoming Webinar on the Smart Columbus Program's Connected Electric Autonomous Vehicle Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will host a free webinar on the Smart Columbus Program's Connected Electric Autonomous Vehicle (CEAV) Project. This webinar will focus on the Operational Concept document, the first deployment, lessons learned, and preparation for a second deployment. It is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET.


Through the USDOT's Smart City Challenge, in 2016, the Department selected Columbus, OH, to define what it means to be a "smart city" and serve as a model for other cities wishing to fully integrate innovative technologies--such as automated vehicles, connected vehicles, and applications--into the transportation network. The goal of the Smart Columbus program is to connect people by creating opportunity for city residents to better access jobs and services while improving the overall safety and efficiency of the city's transportation network. The Smart Columbus program is comprised of nine individual projects covering three themes--enabling technologies, emerging technologies, and enhanced human services.

The CEAV is one of nine Smart Columbus projects. DriveOhio initiated the first deployment in Ohio to test the procurement process in the state, develop lessons learned that can be applied to other deployments, and connect educational and cultural institutions in Columbus that allow for exposing the public to the technology. The second deployment in the Smart Columbus portfolio will be used to solve a first-mile/last-mile problem and bridge a transit gap in the neighborhood of Linden.


This webinar will focus on the Operational Concept (OpCon) developed by the City of Columbus for the CEAV project, as well as the first deployment in Ohio with lessons learned and the lead-up to the second deployment. The OpCon aims to summarize a high-level view of the system to be deployed. It provides a quick reference for project stakeholders to ensure consistent understanding of project needs, process framework, and other system attributes.

The Lessons Learned document from the first shuttle deployment in Ohio outlines the process completed as well as key lessons learned throughout the process to make future deployments more efficient. The lead-up to the second deployment outlines how stakeholders were involved and a Request for Information was used to select a route that would provide a benefit to the community. 

The City of Columbus is accepting comments on the OpCon and Lessons Learned document for the CEAV project from February 13 to 27, 2019. The OpCon and Lessons Learned document will be available on the Smart Columbus website one week in advance of the webinar.

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Title: Smart Columbus Program Connected Electric Autonomous Vehicle Project Webinar
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/qZgDHzpt7KoK0wpt2

For more information on the Smart Columbus program, please visit the City of Columbus website.