Microsoft CoFounder Paul Allen Is Giving Millions to Turn Columbus Ohio Into

first_imgInnovation June 24, 2016 Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Is Giving Millions to Turn Columbus, Ohio, Into the City of the Future 33shares Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 Cadence Bambenek This story originally appeared on Business Insider Next Article 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 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.Columbus has already raised $90 million from private partnerships with tech companies like Amazon Web Services, AT&T and Sidewalk Labs, a company under Google’s parent company Alphabet, among others. Columbus will also get $10 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan.Columbus may also take up Sidewalk Labs’ offer to install 100 Links, or Wi-Fi kiosks, in the winning city.For its part, Amazon Web Services will supply Columbus with its cloud technology. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 2 min read Technology Reporter Image credit: Matt Kazmierski | Getty Imageslast_img