The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart City Challenge has garnered the support of design and software technology house Autodesk Inc. The Smart City Challenge is a competition to create a fully integrated city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future. Autodesk will be offering up its InfraWorks 360 design suite and technical support to the winning city in order to help implement 3D design improvements as well as the software to enable the Internet of Things (IoT) in the city’s transportation system.
The software is a geospatial and engineering building information modeling platform that enables engineers, design professionals, students and hobbits to plan, design, build and manage civil infrastructure in the surrounding environment.
According to the USDOT, 78 cities submitted applications for the Smart City Challenge where they were invited to submit ideas to address or enhance community needs that involve technology innovation and data-driven platforms. The winning city will be awarded up to $40 million from the USDOT to help bring these ideas to life making transportation safer, easier and more reliable. An additional $10 million will be given to the winner by USDOT’s partner Vulcan Inc. and Mobileye will install its Shield+ technology in the winner’s public bus system.
The five finalists in the Smart City Challenge will be announced at the SXSW show in Austin and these finalists will be given additional funds in order to expand their proposals.
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