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Columbus Wins $50M Grant To Create Driverless Car Hub

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A Google driverless car in California. With the Smart City grant awarded to Columbus, people in Central Ohio could soon see driverless cars on the streets.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown's office today confirmed that Columbus has won a Smart City grant from the US Department of Transportation and Vulcan Inc. The $50 million grant will allow the city to become a test track for intelligent transportation systems.

Included in the city's proposal was an autonomous vehicle test fleet at Easton Town Center. It also promises to create a transit pass payment system to be used with various forms of transportation.

City officials previously told the federal government they had raised $90 million in private funds.

Columbus was one of seven finalists for the grant. Other cities in the running included San Fransisco, Austin, Portland, Pittburgh, Kansas City and Denver.