ARIZONA – Arizona received a total of US$1,747,708 to finance projects focused on advanced smart city or smart community technologies and systems to improve transportation efficiency and safety.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) reported that the resource will help fund planning and prototyping activities to digitize the state’s roadways to implement vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology.
V2X technology allows vehicles to share and receive information to improve safety, traffic conditions, reaction time, among others. Arizona’s application was one of 59 selected for funding out of nearly 400.
The U.S. Department of Transportation named the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) one of the first recipients of funding from the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program.
“We are thrilled to receive this funding to further the IAM’s important work alongside our state partners,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of ACA.
Over the next two years, the grant recipient team, which includes UArizona, ASU, Verizon, Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Maricopa County Association of Governments, Valley Metro and Chicanos Por La Causa, will deploy funds to solve real-world challenges in the state.
The team’s efforts will include leveraging connected vehicle innovation to improve safety, fostering a mobility innovation hub and developing a talent pipeline.
The Automated Mobility Institute is focused on translating use-inspired research into economic development by advancing collaborative projects, resulting in new startups and mobility breakthroughs for businesses. In 2021, members of the IAM team were awarded the Trevor O. Jones Outstanding Paper Award for their pioneering work on automated vehicle safety metrics.