Wednesday, 21 September 2022 13:50

Biden Administration Announces $100M Grant Program Addressing Automation, Connectivity, More

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati
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The Biden-Harris Administration plans to support vehicle automation, connectivity and more through $100 million in grants. 

The administration recently announced $160 million worth of funds are available to develop smart transportation technology and improve infrastructure in the U.S. The funds will support two programs, including the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program.


The SMART Grants Program will offer up to $100 million in grants annually for the next five years. It will financially support projects, addressing vehicle technology, like automation and connectivity. The SMART program will also fund projects dealing with systems innovation like delivery and logistics, traffic signals, smart grids and data integration. Grants will also go towards projects developing new ways to monitor and manage infrastructure, like sensors or UAS.


“Achieving our transportation priorities related to safety, economic strength, equity and climate requires bold investment in new technologies and approaches. SMART supports a broad portfolio of projects across the country that will serve as beacons as we move toward a transportation system that is data-driven, values-based and technology-enabled,” said Dr. Robert C. Hampshire, deputy assistant secretary for research and technology and chief science officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation.


DOT is currently accepting applications for the SMART Grants Program. Applications are due by 5 p.m. ET Nov. 18.


Those eligible for the program are a state; political subdivision of a state; tribal government; public transit agency or authority; public toll authority; metropolitan planning organization; and a group of two or more eligible entities detailed above, applying through a single lead applicant.


The projects eligible are coordinated automation, connected vehicles, sensors, systems integration, delivery/logistics, innovative aviation, smart grid and traffic signals.


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