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File #: 0113-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/7/2020 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 2/10/2020 Final action: 2/13/2020
Title: To authorize the Chief Innovation Officer to execute a modification to the professional services contract with EasyMile, Inc. relative to the Smart City Challenge - Connected Electric Autonomous Vehicle project; to authorize an amendment to the Capital Improvement Budget and the expenditure of up to $50,000.00 from the same; and to declare an emergency.
Attachments: 1. Easymile Accounting Stream
This legislation authorizes the Chief Innovation Officer to modify an existing professional services contract with EasyMile, Inc., hereafter referenced as EasyMile, in an amount of up to $50,000.00 for additional project costs related to the import of the vehicles.

The Smart City Challenge is a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) grant program seeking to “create a fully integrated, first-of-its kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.” In 2016, the City of Columbus, acting through the Department of Public Service, applied for and won the Smart City Challenge, receiving a $40 million dollar grant from USDOT and a $10 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (Vulcan).

As part of Columbus’ overall response to the Smart City Challenge, The City of Columbus’ Smart Columbus Program Management Office (PMO) intends to identify challenges currently associated with conventional transportation options and propose AV technology as an option to promote safer and more efficient access to health care, education, and family-related services in a “smart city”. The PMO intends to procure a turn-key AV shuttle service that operates on public roadways at a frequency deemed necessary to address first-mile/last-mile/only-mile challenges. Human operators will be available on board each vehicle during operations to monitor the vehicle, explain the technology to passengers, assist those with mobility needs, and take control of the operation of the vehicle should the need arise.

Additional project costs were identified as part of the import process for the demonstration project and this legislation is requesting additional funds to compensate the vendor, EasyMile.

EasyMile has a contract compliance number of CC028803, valid until 1/9/2022.

This is a budgeted item within the Department of Public Services’ 2019 Capital Improvement...

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