Eligible participants may receive up to $315 for participating in research and testing study-related safety equipment installed in their vehicle.
Participating in the research study starts with answering a few questions. Visit the link below to get started.
The Smart Columbus Connected Vehicle Environment research study aims to improve driver safety and mobility in central Ohio. Our goal is to equip 500 residents' vehicles with study equipment designed to provide in-car safety alters which may help you make more informed driving decisions.
As a participant, your vehicle will be equipped with a heads-up display with alerts that include:
You may be a good candidate for our program if you drive three or more times a week on the following streets:
As a participant, your vehicle will be collecting data and “talking” to other cars and traffic signals every time it’s in the designated area. You’ll even receive study-related safety alerts when interacting with other connected cars outside the corridor (but not alerts from school zones or traffic signals).
You might, as long as you:
Interested in learning more about how you can benefit from connected safety equipment in your vehicle? Fill out this form and we’ll contact you.
This is an "actual use" study where you will participate in real-life scenarios of typical Study Device use. As a result, you will be exposed to normal driving risk as a result of participating in this study and you will be responsible for operating your vehicle in accordance with state and local laws governing the operation of motor vehicles. It is unlikely, due to the informative nature of the Study Device, that you will be exposed to additional risk as a result of participating in this study. The Study Device is designed to add a margin of safety to your driving experience. However, there are potential risks to you, which could include but are not limited to:
We will be collecting the following information from you to aid in determining your eligibility and to follow-up with you to distribute the study surveys:
After March 2021, the study-related safety equipment is yours to keep as it will continue to generate alerts even after the demonstration is over (as long as the City of Columbus maintains the system). However, Smart Columbus will offer up to 60 free removals of the study device to private drivers who wish to have the equipment removed after the demonstration is over. After the 60 free removals have been completed, if additional participants choose to have the study device uninstalled from their vehicles, these removals will be completed at a charge of approximately $90 to the participant.