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 take the pre-qualification questionnaire


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.

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Equip 1000 Vehicles

As a participant, your vehicle will be equipped with a heads-up display with alerts that include:

Blind Spot Awareness
Designed to alert you when there's another connected vehicle in your blind spot when you activate your turn signal.
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Emergency Braking Notification
Designed to warn you when you're at risk of hitting a connected vehicle in front of you.
Intersection Movement Alert
Designed to alert you when you're on a collision course with another equipped vehicle at an intersection.
Red Light Warning
Designed to provide an alert as you're approaching a traffic signal that's about to turn from yellow to red.
School Zone Indicator
Designed to notify you when you're in an active school zone.
Forward Collision Warning
Designed to alert you when a connected vehicle slams on its brakes.


You may be a good candidate for our program if you drive three or more times a week on the following streets:

  • High Street between 5th Avenue and Morse Road
  • Cleveland Avenue between 2nd Avenue and Morse Road
  • Morse Road between High Street and Stygler Road

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).


See if you’re eligible by filling out a questionnaire.
Licensed professionals from auto shops in your community will install study-related safety equipment at no cost.
Get hands-on instruction on using your device.
Get study-related safety alerts while driving.
You’ll receive up to three surveys to share your driving experience.


You might, as long as you:

  • Are over 18.     
  • Travel frequently in the designated area.     
  • Have a valid license, registration, and insurance.     
  • Are willing to have equipment installed in your vehicle.     
  • Have a vehicle in good aesthetic condition (no paint peeling).


If you're ready to get started, we need to ask you a few questions to ensure you're qualified. Visit the link below to take the pre-qualification questionnaire.

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Complete the following form to learn more about the Connected Vehicle Environment study.


You will receive, at no cost, the after-market vehicle study safety device which is designed to provide warnings and alerts to help improve your awareness of roadway hazards and assist in avoiding crashes along the study corridor of Morse Road, High Street, Cleveland Avenue and Alum Creek.
You will receive an on-board unit that will be installed by a licensed auto shop in your community in your dash or under your seat. A small magnetic antenna will be placed on the exterior of your vehicle. A four-inch screen heads-up display will be mounted on your dash. The equipment is removable and will not harm or damage your vehicle.
Eligible participants will receive the following:
  • $15 upon qualifying to participate via the pre-qualification questionnaire
  • $200 after the study-related safety equipment is installed
  • $20 upon completing the first survey (if you participate before October 2020)
  • $30 upon completing the second survey
  • $50 upon completing the third survey
There will be no cost for your participation in the study. There may be a cost to have the study device removed from your vehicle after the demonstration.

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:

  1. Failure of the Study Device to operate as you were instructed that it should.
  2. Failure of the Study Device to fulfill its designed safety function to provide a warning.
  3. Distraction from false warnings or unnecessary warnings.
  4. Inability to identify the driving problem associated with one or more warnings.
  5. Driving too fast while expecting the Study Device to inform when to slow down.
  6. Expecting the Study Device to yield benefits without your cooperation or proper use.
  7. Breach of Study Device data protections by "hackers" or hostile actors.
  8. Breach of personal data protections by "hackers" or hostile actors.
  9. Risks which are currently unknown

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:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email Address
  • Cell Phone Number
  • Home address
  • Work ZIP code
  • Verifying current driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle registration
During the study, we will be gathering information to be used to evaluate the performance of the connected vehicle technology. By participating, you are providing permission to collect data from the study-related safety equipment when driving within wireless communications range of roadside devices located along the Study Area. This data, by itself, is not associated with you. The system will see a vehicle, but it won’t know it’s your vehicle.
Sign up to take the pre-qualification questionnaire and learn more about the program.

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.

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heads up display (HUD)
heads up display (HUD)
  • Dash-mounted
  • Delivers audible and visual alerts
in-vehicle equipment
in-vehicle equipment
  • Mounted either under dash or in trunk
  • Includes external magnetic mounted antenna
  • Does not track personally identifiable info
  • Does not control vehicle