Smart City Challenge

Autodesk congratulates Columbus, OH!

The city of Columbus wins the USDOT Smart City Challenge with a fully-integrated model city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape the city's future.

See the winning presentation:

Learn about the Smart City Challenge See the Infographic

Explore the winning city, the other finalists and learn what it means to be a “Smart City.”
See how Autodesk can help cities develop mobility technologies to integrate things like self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors, into their transportation network.

The Solution

The technical team at Columbus, OH, with HNTB and EMH&T, used Autodesk InfraWorks 360 and Autodesk 3dsMax to convey their smart city vision for Columbus.

Alliance Data Drop Off

Demonstration how an autonomous vehicle could transport passengers, perhaps taking them to work in the morning.

Transit Center - AV

How residents could be transported via autonomous vehicle to the Transit Center.

Easton Towne Center

How rideshare vehicles are can be integrated into public parking making them accessible within this busy section of Columbus.


Modeling video courtesy of City of Columbus, Ohio, winner of the U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge.

The Finalists

Explore their Smart City Challenge pitches and roadmaps for integrating innovative technologies to prototype the future of transportation and reduce carbon emissions in their cities.

Austin, TX

Improved mobility through better, smarter, and cleaner technology is at the core of Austin’s impressive proposal.

San Francisco, CA

See how San Francisco proposes to use a Smart City grant to reduce carbon footprint and solve transportation challenges for residents of this congested city.

Portland, OR

“Ubiquitous Mobility for Portland” is the name of the ambitious program that Portland plans to implement fusing mobility and transportation to realize value.

Pittsburgh, PA

By deploying next generation sensors and innovative data technologies, Pittsburgh’s vision explores new, greener, transportation options for businesses and residents.

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City proposes to enable the development, validation, and deployment of an eco-friendly Next Century transportation system.

Denver, CO

Denver plans to create a replicable, adaptable, and scalable program connecting every resident to flexible, affordable, and accessible transportation options.


All Finalist videos courtesy of USDOT Smart City Challenge.

How would you design the city of the future?

Improving the flows of people, goods and services throughout our cities is one of the most pressing problems governments face today.

Autodesk supports smart city initiatives by providing the platform to create, communicate and evaluate transportation options that help to design systems that provide safe mobility for all travelers. At the heart of the Autodesk solution is Autodesk InfraWorks® 360, the BIM for Infrastructure platform that helps designers and engineers plan, design and engineer projects in the context of the real world.

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Deliver the future of smart cities - scalable, productive and connected.

Autodesk InfraWorks 360

Changing the way infrastructure projects are planned and designed.

Visit the InfraWorks 360 product center to learn more.

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