We are Smart Columbus and we are:

Aligning with regional innovation.

Our work increasing electrification and decreasing GHG emissions is part of a regional effort to make mobility smarter and our community more prosperous. Our academic, nonprofit and public sector partners are moving forward with us to make our region easier to navigate and prepared for an innovative future.

The work of Smart Columbus has been an essential part of the forward-thinking innovation happening in our region as we all work together to realize our shared vision of becoming the most prosperous region in the United States.
Kenny McDonald, President and CEO of One Columbus
Innovation for All Residents

Smart Columbus, and the collective innovation and leadership from partners across the region, has raised the profile and brand of the Columbus Region in an unprecedented way. The Smart Columbus Experience Center that opened in 2018 has welcomed over 30,000 visitors from over 80 cities and 10 countries. Our community has quickly become known globally as America's Smart City, which has generated over 100 million media impressions of our community.

Autonomous Vehicle Pilots

Smart Circuit

16,062 Columbus residents and visitors took a ride aboard the Smart Circuit, Ohio’s first self-driving shuttle. Discover some of the learnings from this groundbreaking program.

Read About AV safety precautions

Linden Shuttle

Columbus is piloting the Linden LEAP, the first daily operational self-driving shuttle in a residential neighborhood.The LEAP was created to help Linden residents get to and from important destinations where there aren’t any bus stops.

More details on the Linden Leap
Smart Columbus Operating System

Collaborating with the Regional Tech Community

The Smart Columbus Operating System: An open data platform for cities and businesses to use to make data more actionable. Our collaborators span the public and private sectors and include city agencies, nonprofits, academics, entrepreneurs, data scientists and app users.

Search the open data sets
Regional Innovation Partners


An initiative committed to advancing smart mobility as a one-stop shop for those looking to develop, test and deploy smart mobility solutions in Ohio.

More On transportation innovation

Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC)

In July 2019, TRC opened the SMARTCenter, the largest independent vehicle test facility in the U.S., located in East Liberty, Ohio.

About the 24/7 testing grounds

The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (OSU CAR):

In the past year, CAR, the preeminent research center in sustainable and safe mobility in the U.S. and an interdisciplinary research center in OSU’s College of Engineering, has supported more than 10 companies with automotive research.

More on our academic partnerships

Hyperloop Midwest Connection Initiative

Together the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Columbus Partnership and numerous partners, proposed a route would link the three cities through construction of a Hyperloop system.

Learn about the initiative
Tech Community Response to Covid-19

Can’t Stop Columbus

In March 2020, the business and tech community created a virtual hackathon in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. With more than 1,000 volunteers and 40 organizations lending talent, time and resources, the movement has launched nearly 20 projects providing connections to food, health, safety and goodwill to the Columbus community.

About the Volunteer Movement