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News Advisory: Smart City Tech Expo shows transportation technology of the future at OMSI on Monday

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(May 13, 2016) In advance of U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s visit to Portland on Wednesday, on Monday the Portland Bureau of Transportation and DKS Associates will host a Smart City Tech Expo at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expo will showcase the technology, partnerships and innovation going into Portland’s bid as a finalist for the $40 million Smart City Challenge. Prototypes of connected vehicles, electric vehicles, demonstrations of mobile apps, and videos of other cutting edge technology will be available for viewing and hands-on learning. Normally closed on Mondays, OMSI will open its auditorium for the expo. Students from Sunnyside Environmental School are expected to attend. Details of Secretary Foxx’s Wednesday visit will be forthcoming. Secretary Foxx is visiting Portland as part of his tour of the seven Smart City Challenge Finalist cities. The winner of the Smart City Challenge will receive $40 million to help create a first-of-its-kind city that uses smart transportation technology to move people and goods efficiently, safely and sustainably.

Who:                     Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, First Lady Nancy Hales,

Transportation Director Leah Treat

Connected Signals, EasyMile, Econolite Group, Inc., GenZe, GoMentum, HERE, Local Motors, Lyft, moovel, NoAppFee, Pangeo, Portland Public Schools, Ride Report, Stantec, urban.systems and TriMet will showcase their technology for the public and news media.

What:                   Smart City Tech Expo, showcasing the advanced transportation and mobile

technology that is part of the City of Portland’s Smart City Challenge grant application.

When:                  Monday, May 16, 2016

Media sneak preview: 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Public expo: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:                  Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave. in Portland

 

Visuals:               

Members of the news media will be able to test drive a BMW with Connected Signals Enlighten technology that provides drivers will real-time signal information. They will be able to test drive electric bikes and scooters from GenZe. They will be able to see electric vehicles from urban.systems. They can demo a number of apps, including: the Ride Report app; Portland Public School’s Safe Routes to School app to crowd source concerns and ideas to improve student walks to school; moovel’s software development kit (SDK) called ‘RideTap’ that integrates alternative transportation options such as Lyft and Car2Go into the TriMet Tickets app; and the NoAppFee, a housing app that integrates transportation costs to give users a true-cost of housing. They will have the opportunity to see HERE’s location and mapping technology that supports the commercial path to autonomous cars. Members of the media will also be able to view and film the technology behind the latest generation of TriMet hybrid busses. They will be able to see advanced signal technology from Econolite Group, Inc.

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