Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen is giving millions to turn Columbus, Ohio into the city of the future

Self-driving electric shuttles and high-speed WiFi stations may soon grace the the streets of Columbus, Ohio as part of a futuristic makeover planned for the city.

Columbus was named the winner of the US Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge Thursday, and will get $50 million in funding to carry out a plan to weave technology throughout the city.

The capital of Ohio beat out six other finalists: Austin, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland OR and San Francisco.

Columbus' winning proposal involves three self-driving shuttles linking a new bus station to a commercial shopping district. Additionally, the money will fund the exploration of other technologies and options to provide better transportation to city areas with critical health needs.

Read the full story at businessinsider.com.

Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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