- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Federal officials say Ohio’s capital is a finalist in a national competition to find a city to fully integrate innovative technologies such as self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors into its transportation network.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently named Columbus one of seven finalists in the department’s “Smart Cities Challenge.” The agency expects to provide up to $40 million to the winner to help that city define what it means to be a “Smart City’ and help transform the future of urban transportation.

The winner will be selected in June to receive up to $40 million in federal funds to implement data-driven ideas that make transportation safer, easier and more reliable.

The other finalists are San Francisco; Pittsburgh; Denver; Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and Kansas City, Missouri.

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