Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx spearheads the "Smart City Challenge."

The DOT's Smart City Challenge invites American cities to take advantage of new technologies that could change how we move, with a $50 million prize.

Wired staffer Alex Davies covers the initiative, which focuses on American mobility--for work, for play, for family needs, and for all the reasons that add up to our choked local infrastructures. Davies writes:

Open data, smart gadgets, autonomous vehicles, and connected cars are among the tech already revolutionizing the road, while companies ranging from Apple and Google to Uber and Lyft promise to revolutionize how people and goods get around. The city that offers the most compelling plan gets $50 million to begin making it happen.

The challenge represents a new way of working for the DOT, one tailored to a rapidly changing world.
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